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Woods misses cut at Valhalla

Tiger Woods missed the cut at a major for the fourth time in his professional career after again struggling with his game in the second round of the US PGA Championship.

The former world No 1 knew he was facing a battle to make the weekend when he teed off at rain-sodden Valhalla after opening with a three-over 74 on Thursday.

His participation had been in doubt until Wednesday after he withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday due to back spasms.

And his back problems appeared to have resurfaced when he grimaced after hooking his tee shot on the seventh hole.

That followed a double bogey on the previous hole and a number of missed short putts over the opening holes.

Woods eventually laboured to a bogey on the seventh and there was speculation that he could call it a day after completing the front nine.

However, he continued to play on the back nine, albeit within himself, and he closed in a positive manner with birdies at the 15th and 18th, either side of a bogey at the 16th.

That left him with another 74 and his six-over score was five shots adrift of the cut mark.

The last time Woods failed to make it to the weekend at a major was the 2011 US PGA Championship in Atlanta and he also missed the cut at the 2009 Open and 2006 US Open.

Woods said: "I tried as hard as I could. Unfortunately, I just didn't play well. A pair of 74s isn't very good.

"It was tough. I hit a lot of shots out there. Seventy-four of 'em. It was a long day."

The 38-year-old's injury problems and poor form are a concern for US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson and he was asked about what he would tell Watson with regards to his participation at Gleneagles next month.

"I don't know, he hasn't called yet," replied Woods.