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Ailing Tiger Woods misses cut at PGA

Updated: August 9, 2014 12:25AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Long before the end of Tiger Woods’ second round Friday at the PGA, the question wasn’t whether he would make the cut; it was whether he would play on or yield to an aching back.

‘‘No doubt, it was sore,’’ Woods said. ‘‘It was bothering me out on the range. Just had to play through it. I’m not exactly a non-stubborn person. [But] I couldn’t make a backswing. Coming through is fine. I just can’t get the club back.’’

The pain showing in his grimacing swings and his limping stride, Woods winced his way to a second consecutive 3-over-par 74 that left him at 6 over, five strokes over the cutline. And that meant the 14-time major champion missed the cut at a major for only the fourth time in his pro career and for the fifth time overall.

‘‘It was tough,’’ Woods said. ‘‘I hit a lot of shots out there, 74. A long day. I tried as hard as I could. That’s about all I’ve got. Unfortunately, I just didn’t play well.’’

Woods, 38, said he needs to get into the gym and rebuild his ailing body.

‘‘I felt old a long time ago,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s darn near 20 years out here.’’

Another unkind cut

Tom Watson (72-73, 3 over) also missed the cut in what likely will be his last PGA.

‘‘It’s never good when you miss the cut,’’ Watson said. ‘‘It’s always disappointing. Obviously, playing golf at 64 years old on long golf courses and trying to compete against the kids who hit the ball 40 and 50 yards farther, there are some challenges there.’’

Other notables who missed the cut included Martin Kaymer (2 over), Keegan Bradley
(4 over), Jordan Spieth (5 over) and John Daly (5 over).

Have your Phil

Phil Mickelson is in the hunt at 6 under, three shots back, after a 4-under 67. The five-time major champion, who hasn’t had a top-10 finish this year, finished with an eagle at No. 18.

‘‘It’s fun to be back in it,’’ Mickelson said, ‘‘to have a chance, to feel like my game is there.’’

Mickelson also has put himself in position to earn a 10th consecutive automatic berth in the Ryder Cup, a record that could stand for a long time.

Bright side

When a hard rain forced a 45-minute delay early on, it looked as though weather might wreak havoc with the second round. But the tournament was able to continue through a light drizzle through midafternoon.

The PGA isn’t out of the weather woods yet, though. The weekend forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday and a 40 percent chance Sunday.

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