Tiger Woods commits to play Wyndham Champ'ship for first time

By Eddie Pells
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Tiger Woods commits to play Wyndham Champ'ship for first time

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Tiger Woods isn't ready to give up on the season just yet.

Even after another disappointing day at the PGA Championship -- where his sand wedge replaced his putter as the main player in his nightmare -- Woods committed to playing next week in the Wyndham Championship, giving him one more chance to squeak into the FedExCup playoffs.

That almost certainly won't happen at Whistling Straits, where Woods was at 4 over, tied for 89th, with five holes to play when a storm hit Friday afternoon and suspended the second round.

When he returns Saturday morning, he'll face a chip shot from the deep rough on No. 14. He would need to get up and down from there, then probably make two birdies over the last four holes to make the cut, which is projected at 2 over.

He entered the week ranked 186th in the FedEx standings, and only the top 125 make the playoffs. If things don't change drastically over the last five holes here, Woods would have to finish at least second alone next week in the regular-season finale in Greensboro, North Carolina, to reach the top 125.

The day actually looked somewhat promising at the beginning for Woods. He made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 to briefly get to 1 over.

Then, he started flailing in the sand.

Standing well below the ball in a greenside bunker on No. 4, Woods took a huge chunk of sand, but instead of flying out, the ball popped up and dribbled into the next bunker down. That led to a double bogey. On No. 8, he did a good job to save bogey after his approach shot came to rest at the back of a greenside bunker and the shot out of the sand traveled only a few feet, into the deep rough.

Woods shot 37 on the front, then made four straight pars on the back and was facing the tough up and down on 14 when the sirens blew to halt play.

His driving was still a mess. He hit only four of 11 fairways. His putting got a little bit better. He needed 20 putts to get through the first 13 greens -- a better rate than Thursday, when he putted a total of 33 times and was asking, to no one in particular, "How bad am I putting?" with an expletive thrown in there, too.

He didn't stop to talk after his rain-shortened stay Friday, though everything he has said up to this point this week has spoken of a player who knows things are broken.

But, he said he enjoys the process of trying to fix his game.

"I think it's fun just to compete," Woods said earlier in the week. "And every day is an opportunity to get better. That, to me, is fun. I look at the fact that it's just another opportunity to get better and try and take myself to the next level and whatever that is, it is."

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This article was written by Eddie Pells from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.