Hoylake, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods struggled with a 77 in the second round of the Open Championship, needing a six-foot birdie on the 18th to make the cut Friday.
“Not very good,” Woods said following Friday’s round where he made just one birdie. “I got off to a terrible start again.”
“I had some opportunities to make a few birdies along the way to get back to even par. And I just never did. Just never made anything. I got myself in good position to make birdies and didn’t do it,” he added.
Woods had a terrible start, making a double bogey on his first hole, a triple on his 17th when his tee shot barely went out of bounds and couldn’t come close to finding a fairway with his driver.
He is 5-over par for the first two holes — he played them 3 over for the week in 2006 when he shot 18 under — but said there is nothing about the holes that bother him.
Woods ended up using the driver six times — twice on the 17th where he hit his tee shot out of bounds — and never came close to hitting a fairway.
“I was trying to be more aggressive, with the wind the way it was,” Woods said. “I could take some of the bunkers out of play, and get it down there where I had sand wedge to the green.”
With his 77, Woods put himself out of contention the title as he dropped 14 strokes behind tournament leader Rory McIlroy, who shot his second consecutive 66 and leads Dustin Johnson by four strokes.
“It’s not a surprise,” Woods said. “McIlroy has done this before. He’s won both of his majors by 8. When he gets going, he can make a lot of birdies. And he plays pretty aggressively to begin with. When he’s going, he can get it going pretty good.”
Woods said wouldn’t rule out a comeback depending on the weather during the weekend.
“Luckily I have two rounds and hopefully I can do something like Paul Lawrie did in ’99. He made up 10 in one day and hopefully I can play well on the weekend and at least give myself a shot on the back nine on Sunday,” Woods said.