It wasn't to be at the Masters.
That's the same position he was in going into the final round of the British Open at Carnoustie, where he led briefly in the final before fading.
Of the other Aussies in the final men's major of the year, Marc Leishman will also be safe into the third round despite a 71 that left him at one under.
After failing to find a fairway over his first nine holes - going 0-for-7 - Woods changed his shirt following another miss on No. 9, then hit an awesome shot around a tree from near a cart path to 10 feet to set up a birdie for a front-nine 32. Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel both tied the PGA record with a round of 63. He settled for his second consecutive 4-under-par 66 to finish at 202, 8 under par. Will this time be different? He sent the ball four feet from the hole and converted the tap-in to remain at 10-under.
A bogey at the 14th, where he found a greenside bunker, ended a run of 43 holes without a dropped shot, and he promptly bogeyed the next too after his drive ended behind a tree, from where he took a penalty drop. Those good sports-loving people of Missouri had waited for 17 years to watch this living, swinging legend. Even as Koepka birdied to get ahead, Woods birdied Nos. The gallery, a roaring swell as it follows him from hole to hole, certainly is eager to see it happen.
Woodland put it behind him and made birdie putts of 13 and 6 feet on 12 and 14, and missed birdie putts of 10 feet and 9 feet on 11 and 13.
Woods just missed reeling off three straight birdies at the start of play.
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The four-time PGA Championship victor made five birdies and one bogey through eight holes and finished with 10 consecutive pars.
After birdieing five of his first eight holes and playing the front side in 31 strokes, Woods stalled on the back nine, failing to convert any birdie opportunities and squandering a attractive chance at the par-5 17th, where he three-putted for par.
Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major.
The 14-time major champion, in the eighth month of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery after years of back injuries, shared third on eight-under-par after seven holes at Bellerive Country Club.
It was even better at the par-3 third when Woods stuffed an approach to 2 feet.
Woodland is second to Brooks Koepka (1.59) in the tournament in strokes gained off the tee (1.255).
Woods, who has never won a major title when not leading after 54 holes, owns 79 career PGA titles, three shy of Sam Snead's all-time record. He shot 68 and tied for sixth. If not for Woodland's triple on 10, they would be co-leaders, which would have really confused those fans who routinely mistake them for each other.