PGA Championship 2011: Tiger Woods and 3 Other Pros Likely to Miss Cut Line

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIAugust 12, 2011

JOHNS CREEK, GA - AUGUST 12:  Tiger Woods reacts to a poor shot during the second round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 12, 2011 in Johns Creek, Georgia.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Did anyone pick Scott Verplank in their PGA Championship pool? Right now, he holds a two-shot lead.

It's not just Verplank, the names at the top of the leaderboard are nearly all surprising.

So, since there are surprising names at the top, there are probably going to be some surprising names at the bottom, right? Right!

Currently, 82 sit at four-over par or better. Nothing is official yet, but that's almost certainly going to be the cut-line.

Since the weekend's attention will be focused on those players who made the cut, let's take one last look at some of the bigger names who didn't.

Tiger Woods

 Woods started his tournament in a very positive way, making a birdie on three of the first five holes.

Since then, it's gone straight downhill for the former world No. 1. Woods failed to make even a par on both par-fives on Friday. That's not the only place he's struggled, but if you're looking for places to find strokes, that's a good place to start.

His game is just not sharp enough right now to be contending at a major championship. Woods is having a hard time finding consistent distances with his irons and is not putting great.

On its own, missing the cut is not a serious problem for Woods. What is a problem is that he needed to at least make the cut to qualify for the PGA Tour playoffs.

Woods' comeback attempt will continue, it will just be delayed.

The positive for Tiger is that his knee remains healthy. But while he's shown that he still has the ability to hit great shots, Tiger's hit far more bad shots then we're used to seeing from him.

Martin Kaymer

 Maybe Kaymer has serious problems with the state of Georgia. Despite having a game that would seem to set up well for the course, he's never made the cut at Augusta. 

Now, unless the cut unexpectedly drops, he's going to miss the cut here.

While it was at a different course, Kaymer obviously has the game to win a PGA Championship, as he's the defending champion.

While bogeys are not normally fatal at major championships, making nine over the course of two days is not exactly a recipe for success.

Dustin Johnson

 Why is Johnson missing the cut? Well, his two double bogeys on the 18th have something to do with it.

He's done at seven-over par, so he has no chance at even backing into making the cut. But if had made pars on the 18th hole, he would be sitting at three-over, good enough to play the weekend.

As it is, he had eight bogeys to go along with those two doubles. Johnson birdied both 10 and 11 both days, but had only one other birdie.

Given what happened last year and his performance at the British Open, Johnson was a trendy pick to win this week.

His day in a major may come, but it won't be here.

Jason Day

 Day is similar to Kaymer. The cut could possibly drop to five-over. If it does, he will back into the weekend.

At both the Masters and the US Open, Day was the runner-up. With nine birdies and six bogeys, Day should have made the cut and been in contention. Yet four double bogeys mean that he will be watching the weekend's play.

A win would have completed one of the more remarkable seasons in major history. At the Masters and US Open, Day performed that well despite having no prior experience in those events.

Considering that and his tie for tenth at the 2010 PGA Championship, a missed cut is certainly disappointing for Day and his fans.


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