Woods makes cut but trails by 14 shots
July 18, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Tiger Woods made one birdie, one bogey, one double bogey, one triple bogey and 14 pars Friday. (Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
HOYLAKE, England -- A birdie on the 18th hole kept Tiger Woods from missing the cut at The Open Championship for just the second time in his career.
More importantly, it fueled that competitive fire Woods has so famously stoked during his career.
"It gives me a chance," Woods said. "Luckily I've got two rounds to go and hopefully can do something like Paul did in '99."
Woods was referring to Paul Lawrie, who came from a record 10 strokes back on Sunday to win The Open Championship at Carnoustie. Of course, Lawrie needed considerable help from Jean Van de Velde and a playoff to beat the Frenchman and Justin Leonard -- but at least Woods could point to it as having been done.
"Hopefully I can play well on the weekend and at least give myself a shot at going to the back nine on Sunday," Woods said.
Woods trails Rory McIlroy -- who's playing like his hero used to through the first two rounds at Royal Liverpool -- by 14 shots. The 14-time major champ, who started the day three strokes off the pace, got going in reverse early on Friday and followed his opening 69 with a disappointing 77.
Woods, who is playing in his first major of the season after April surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back, doubled the first hole and bogeyed the second on Friday. So he has now lost five shots over those two holes in the first two rounds alone.
Woods, who won The Open Championship in 2006 the last time it was played at Royal Liverpool, then ground out 14 more pars before hitting it out of bounds on the 17th hole on the way to a triple bogey that put him on the wrong side of the cut line.
That closing birdie was the saving grace -- and rescued Woods from an Open round without a birdie for just the third time in his career.
"I got off to a terrible start again," Woods said. "I had some opportunities to make a few birdies along the way to get back to even par for the day and I just never did. I just never made anything.
"I had myself in good positions to make birdies and I just didn't do it.
Through the first 36 holes, Woods has hit 18 of 28 fairways in regulation (58.7 percent) and 25 of 36 greens (58.8 percent). He was most displeased with his driver on Friday, though.
"I was trying to be a bit more aggressive," Woods said. "With the wind the way it was, I could take some of the bunkers out of play and get it down where I had sand wedge to the green. Even though it was in the rough, I still had sand wedge to the green.
"Angel (Cabrera) was doing that yesterday and did it quite effectively with a different wind, a more difficult wind. And I figured today would be a chance to go out there and be aggressive and do that, take some of these bunkers out of play, and I just didn't drive it well."
Tiger Woods survives the cut at The Open