Butch Harmon says Tiger Woods will only challenge for major titles again if he takes a break from golf and gets back to full fitness.
Former World No 1 Woods carded 74 in both of his rounds at this week’s PGA Championship to miss the cut by five strokes
The 14-time Major champion was clearly troubled by a sore back as he finished 15 shots behind halfway leader Rory McIlroy, who is nine-under around Valhalla.
This is only the fourth time in his professional career that Woods has missed the cut and afterwards he admitted that he’s unsure whether he’ll be fully fit for next month’s Ryder Cup – even if US captain Tom Watson did offer him a wild card.
“I was surprised he played the back nine,” admitted Harmon, who formerly coached Woods. “He looked really sore on the front nine; he looked like he was in a lot of pain.
“I think Tiger wanted to show ‘I came here to play, I’m going to finish my round’. Quite frankly he swung at about 70 per cent on the back nine and hit a lot of good shots.
“I hope he goes home and gets healthy and comes back because the game is in a better place when Tiger Woods is at the top of the leaderboard.”
McIlroy rallied after a steady start to card four birdies and an eagle at the 18th to add a second round 67 to his opening score of 66.
The Open Champion is one shot clear of Australian Jason Day, who shot 65 - the lowest round of the tournament so far - to reach eight-under, and Jim Furyk. Rickie Fowler is one shot further back at seven-under, alongside fellow American Ryan Palmer and Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.
“We’re seeing a changing of the guard in golf,” reflected Harmon. “The torch is being passed and the young guys are racing up the leaderboards – Jason Day is right up there, as is Rickie Fowler.
“We’ve got a fantastic weekend in store. I just hope that the weather is as nice as it was yesterday. We’ve got a chance of rain today but then I think we’re going to be good for Sunday. I’m looking forward to it.
“The leaderboard is fantastic. It’s going to be a fun day and you are going to have to keep making birdies to win this thing.”
Follow live coverage of Day 3 at Valhalla from 4pm this afternoon on Sky Sports 4.