After struggling in the first round, Tiger Woods bounced back in the second round of the PGA Championship to make the cut.
Woods shot a 1-under 69 on Friday and finished 3 over the first 36 holes. The cut line was 4-over. Woods had shot a 4 of 74 in the first round on Thursday.
Woods, 46, is now 12 strokes behind current club leader Will Zalatoris, who sits 9 under heading into Saturday’s third round.
During Thursday’s first round, Woods appeared to wince in discomfort after teeing off on the eighth hole – his penultimate hole of his first round. Immediately after finishing, an ESPN correspondent asked Woods how his surgically repaired right leg felt, Woods said, “it felt better before,” smiling.
When asked by ESPN how Woods was able to ignore what was going on physically with him after Friday’s round, he replied, “There is a mission. The mission is to go ahead and win this thing one way or another and I know sometimes it doesn’t really feel good but hey, it is what it is. That’s life, that’s sport. We push it, sometimes it breaks but it’s ok, you get back there and that’s why I have great PT staff. I’m really good at breaking things and really good at fixing things, so it’s a great relationship.
The third round of the PGA Championship begins Saturday at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.