FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The Tiger Woods of old entered every tournament expecting to win. An older, wiser Woods returned last year from his fourth back surgery with tempered expectations. As he explained Tuesday, “There’s more days I feel older than my age than I do younger.”
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After Woods’s victory last month at the Masters, which he secured less than two years after undergoing a spinal fusion, the oddsmakers, and nearly everyone else, expected him to contend in his next start, the P.G.A. Championship this week at Bethpage Black, where he won the 2002 United States Open for one of his 15 major championships.
Instead, for the ninth time in his 76 major starts as a professional, according to the PGA Tour, Woods failed to advance to the weekend. He followed his opening round of two-over-par 72 with a 73 on Friday to finish with a 36-hole total of five-over 145, one stroke above the cut line and 17 shots behind the leader, Brooks Koepka.
“I just wasn’t moving the way I needed to,” Woods said. “That’s the way it goes. There’s going to be days and weeks where it just doesn’t work.”
Six of Woods’s missed cuts in the majors have come since he underwent the first of his back procedures in 2014.