Tiger Woods isn't at the PGA Championship with a win in mind, and that's kind of sad.
The Woods defiance is gone. Then again, ranked 272nd in the world and having missed the cut badly in the last two major championships, Woods doesn't have much equity to waste on delusional predictions of a 15th major this week.
"I'm just trying to get my game better for years to come," Woods said Tuesday.
He added, "I'm just trying to get better. I'm just trying to get up there where I can win tournaments, get my game organized so I can be consistent on a tournament basis where I'm going to give myself a chance to win each and every event I play in."
Woods has played better of late, albeit in tournaments, including his own, with weaker fields. In his last 10 PGA Tour rounds, including at his Quicken Loans National, The Greenbrier Classic and the Open Championship, Woods has five rounds in the 60s. He finished T-18 at his event. Those are good signs, but Woods knows he is struggling to hit the kind of shots that are unforced errors, leading to more strokes on the card.
"I just need to be a little bit better from shot to shot," Woods admitted.
This is Woods' last announced start of the season. He has until 30 minutes after his Friday second round to decide if he will commit for the first time to the Wyndham Championship, the Greensboro, N.C., precursor to the FedEx Cup playoffs. For Woods to get in the top 125 in points and qualify for the first leg of the playoffs at The Barclays, he'll need top-two finish or better this week. With that unlikely against this field, Woods might fare better facing the same task next week. Where Woods is on the leaderboard come Friday evening will dictate if he has at least one more start in him for this season or if he'll have to wait until October and the 2015-16 season-opening Frys.com Open to start anew.
"I'm here now in this position, and as far as my tournament future, if I play well, I play well and I'll play in more events," Woods said. "If I don't, then I have more time to practice and get ready for the events for the next season."
-- Ryan Ballengee reporting from Mosel, Wis.