PITTSFORD, N.Y. - After a hard day on a soft course, Tiger Woods said what the scoreboard had been telling everyone all day: "It's gettable."
He said that fully mindful that he was not among the many golfers who got the best of Oak Hill Country Club. He shot par 70 in the second round of the PGA Championship at a time when many golfers were going much lower and making greater progress. Woods is at 1 over, 10 shots out of the lead and tied for 39th.
Unless something dramatic happens Saturday and Sunday, Woods will extend a winless streak in majors that dates to June 2008.
"Obviously, I'm going to have to put together a really good weekend," he said after he left a number of putts just short of the hole, and before he went to the driving range for some evening practice with his swing instructor Sean Foley. "It's definitely gettable. [I've] got to hit the ball in play and keep the ball near the hole so I can be aggressive with my putts."
He was particularly disappointed with himself for having driven the green on the par-4 14th hole, then taking three putts. He also three-putted the 16th hole for a bogey 5 and finished with a bogey on 18.
"It's just the way it goes. Obviously, I need to hit it better than I have," he said. "I'm going to have to do my job and shoot a good round. Then again, I'm so far back that if the leaders go ahead and run off with it and shoot a low one tomorrow, I'm going to be pretty far behind."
Woods played in the best conditions, in the afternoon sunshine, after hours of morning rain left the greens receptive. "Just about any golf course, I don't care what it is, if it's soft, guys are going to shoot low numbers," he said. "The golf course certainly could be had today."