Tiger Woods had high hopes after an encouraging first round at the British Open. Those hopes were quickly dashed on Friday in the second round.
Woods was never able to overcome a horrendous start, and now he’s in danger of missing the cut after shooting a 5-over, 77 at Royal Liverpool. Woods sits at 2-over for the tournament, which is right on the projected cut line.
Woods played the first two holes in Round 1 at 2-over, and he was even worse in the second round on Friday. He double-bogeyed the first hole and followed that with a bogey on No. 2.
Unlike Thursday, however, Woods wasn’t able to rebound after the putrid start. He recorded just one birdie, and he almost cost himself a chance to make the cut with a wayward tee shot on the 17th. His tee shot went out of bounds to the right, and Woods hooked his second attempt from the tee. He ended up making an even bigger mess of the hole by recording a triple-bogey.
Here are Woods’ thoughts on the round to that point. [tweet https://twitter.com/SBNationGIF/status/490185477551448065 align=’center’]
Needing a birdie on the par-5 18th, Woods hit a 3-wood more than 300 yards right down the middle only to miss the green completely with his second shot. He was able to get up and down for a birdie, which should ensure he’ll make it to the weekend.
This start was Woods’ second since returning from back surgery. Woods missed the cut at Congressional, and this would have been the first time in his professional career he’s missed the cut in consecutive tournaments. It would also be just the fourth missed cut at a major in his career.