Tiger Woods took a phlegmatic approach to missing the cut in the US PGA Championship at Bethpage.
Woods had been one of the favourites to claim a 16th major title after his emotional victory in the Masters last month, but missed the cut by a single shot following rounds of 72 and 73.
The former world number one had been unable to practice on Wednesday due to illness and had not played competitively since winning his first major for 11 years at Augusta National.
“I’m not playing the weekend. That’s disappointing,” Woods said. “Just didn’t quite have it. (But) I’m the Masters champion and 43-years-old and that’s a pretty good accomplishment.
“I’ve enjoyed being the Masters champion again, the PGA was a quick turnaround and unfortunately I just didn’t play well. I didn’t do all the little things I need to do correctly to post good scores and put myself in position to shoot good scores.”
Asked about his lack of preparation, Woods added: “It’s just the way it goes. You know, just don’t feel well and (am) just not able to do it. But resting would be better, so I would have energy to play.
“There’s no reason why I can’t get up to speed again and crank it back up. I’ve got to start feeling a little bit better first before that happens. We’ll do that first and then start cranking it back up again.
“I just wasn’t moving the way I needed to. That’s the way it goes. There’s going to be days and weeks where it’s just not going to work, and today was one of those days.”
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