By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Tiger Woods has had plenty of success at Pebble Beach having won this tournament and a U.S. Open here before. But he’s never played Monterey Peninsula Country Club, which replaced Poppy Hills in the rotation in 2010. Friday, he shot 68 for the second straight round.
Here’s a breakdown of his round as it unfolded:
5:55 p.m. ET: Thirty-three putts later, Tiger’s round was over as he carded his second straight 68 -- though this one came on the par-70 Monterey Peninsula, which is the easiest of the three courses here. Putting was clearly the issue for Woods, who is 6 under through two rounds and six shots off the lead heading into the weekend.
5:35 p.m. ET: After a bogey on the par-4 16th, and a par on the par-4 17th, Tiger is back to 2 under on the round and 6 under for the week. Putting continues to plague Woods, who is now six shots off Charlie Wi’s pace of 12 under. Wi is in the clubhouse with a second-round 69. (Tiger’s score: 2 under through 16)
5:12 p.m. ET: The good news for Tiger is that he’s tied for ninth -- and given the current weather conditions there aren’t going to be many low numbers the rest of the day. The bad news is that he has just one birdie over the last seven holes and has just three to play. The biggest culprit so far: Woods’ putter. He’s taken 27 putts through 15 holes. (Tiger’s score: 3 under through 15)
4:40 p.m. ET: There hasn’t been any movement from Tiger since that birdie on the par-5 12th. Woods has parred each of his last two holes, Nos. 13 and 14 to remain at 3 under for the round and 7 under for the tournament. The conditions are also more difficult now with a heavy mist and colder air now blanketing the property. So far Woods has fared well, but not great. He’s eight of nine on fairways hit and 13 for 14 in greens in regulation, but he’s also taken 25 putts. That’s just four shy of the number of putts he had in the entire first round. (Tiger’s score: 3 under through 14)
4 p.m. ET: Tiger continues to take advantage of the par-5s with another birdie, this time on the par-5 12th, where he hit his approach shot to just two feet after laying up to 86 yards. Woods birdied two of the three par-5s on Monterey Peninsula and will see nothing but par-4s and one par-3 -- No. 14 -- the rest of the way. (Tiger’s score: 3 under through 12)
3:09 p.m. ET: Tiger Woods just made the turn on the front nine of Monterey Peninsula, where he had three birdies and one bogey to turn in 2-under 32. He had a chance for a third birdie over his last four holes with a good look on the par-3 ninth, but he just missed. The good news for Woods: There are two par-5s in his next three holes. (Tiger’s score: 2 under through nine)
2:34 p.m. ET: Tiger just made his second birdie in a row after sticking his tee shot to 15 feet on the par-3 seventh. He now has three birdies and just one bogey through his first seven holes and is six shots back. (Tiger’s score: 2 under through seven)
2:15 p.m. ET: Tiger had a chance to make a big move after hitting it to just outside 10 feet on his second shot on the par-5 sixth hole. The bad news is that he missed the putt left. The good news is he still made birdie. That gets him back to 1 under on the round and 5 under for the tournament. (Tiger’s score: 1 under through six)
1:44 p.m. ET: Tiger had a good look at a bounce-back birdie on the par-4 fifth hole, where he hit his approach shot to just outside 10 feet. But he ran his putt just by the hole, giving it the deep knee bend as he did. Woods still has just one birdie on the very scoreable Monterey Peninsula. In other words, even par is not a good score. (Tiger’s score: even through five)
1:30 p.m. ET: Tiger just made his first mistake of the day on the par-4 fourth, where he found a fairway bunker off the tee. He then left himself a 10-footer to save par, but slid the putt past the hole and made bogey. That drops Woods back to even par on the day and six shots back. (Tiger’s score: even through four)
1:14 p.m. ET: Three holes down for Woods, who is still 1 under after an opening birdie followed by two pars. There are only three par-5s on the par-70 Monterey Peninsula -- Nos. 6, 10 and 12 -- so Woods will have to have his irons, particularly his wedges, more dialed in than yesterday if he’s going to take advantage of the easiest course he’ll see all week. (Tiger’s score: 1 under through three)
12:45 p.m. ET: It didn’t take long for Woods to get his first birdie. Just one hole, in fact, with Woods making birdie on the 391-yard par-4 first at Monterey Peninsula. That moves him to 5 under for the tournament, though he’s still five back of Danny Lee, who is now 10 under after a birdie on the par-5 first hole at Spyglass Hill. (Tiger’s score: 1 under through one)