Tiger Woods waited until the final hole in his second round of the Open Championship on Friday to make his first birdie of the day.
Better late than never and it came just in the nick of time.
Woods needed a birdie -- in all likelihood -- to avoid missing the cut, which was projected to fall right at 2-over 164. He had just come off a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 17th hole after hitting his tee shot out of bounds.
Woods was just right of the green in two shots on the par-5 18th hole, but was faced with a tricky chip shot from behind a pot bunker. He hit a stellar third shot, but still had six feet left for birdie.
After giving the line a good look, Woods dropped the putt in for a 5-over 77 to avoid missing the cut in consecutive starts for the first time in his professional career in a round that also included a double bogey on his opening hole. Woods also avoided missing the cut for just the fourth time in a major.
Even though Woods has struggled this season -- before and after back surgery -- CBS analyst Peter Kostis put Tiger's remarkable career in perspective with this tweet:
For me, the most special Tiger stat? 10 MC's so far and 14 Major wins so far in his career. Who else has fewer missed cuts than Majors!
— Peter Kostis (@peterjkostis) July 18, 2014
That's incredible when you really think about it -- over a career that's 17 years strong, Woods has four more major wins than he does missed cuts.
Rickie Fowler is the only player in the world with top-5 finishes in each of the season's first two majors.
If the 25-year-old keeps plugging along the way he is at Royal Liverpool this week, there's a very good chance he'll make it 3-for-3 at the Open Championship.
Fowler -- who tied for fifth at the Masters and tied for second at the U.S. Open -- is at 6-under 138 through two rounds at the Open Championship this week. At the time he signed his scorecard, that gave Fowler a share of the clubhouse lead (Rory McIlroy was still finishing up his second round, leading the tournament at 10 under through 15 holes).
On Friday, Fowler matched the 3-under 69 he turned in on Thursday.
With the way he's played in the majors, it's hard to believe that Fowler's lone win on the PGA Tour came in 2012.
In a way, it's also unfortunate for Fowler that he could be the victim of a runaway for the second time in two majors. Germany's Martin Kaymer ran away with the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 where Fowler had that tie for second with Erik Compton.
And this week at Royal Liverpool, it appears everyone will be chasing McIlroy on the weekend.
The most important point is that Fowler is putting himself in position... frequently.
John Daly's choice of apparel -- which has included Sponge Bob Square Pants-themed trousers -- has been getting a lot of attention this week at Royal Liverpool.
On the back nine Friday, however, Daly's impressive play stood out more than his clothing.
With rounds of 77-71, Daly is at 4-over 148 through 36 holes at the Open Championship and will be watching the cut line all afternoon. Whether he advances to the weekend or not, the 1995 Open Champ should be proud of his effort.
After a 3-over 38 on the front nine, which included three consecutive bogeys beginning at No. 7, Daly settled down and rallied for a bogey-free, four-birdie back nine to post his 1-under 71.
This is Daly's 20th Open Championship start. His lone top-10 finish remains that unlikely win at St. Andrews in 1995.
The start to Sergio Garcia's second round of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool was a bit of a roller coaster on Friday.
His opening tee shot went so far left, it nearly found the adjacent 18th fairway. He would bogey the hole.
Garcia, however, got that stroke back and then some on the next hole when he made eagle from the fairway at the par-4 second with a 6-iron from 162 yards.
Watch it here:
That eagle got Garcia to 5 under and in a momentary share of the lead. He bogeyed the next hole.
Interestingly, Garcia also eagled the second hole at Royal Liverpool in the third round of the 2006 Open. He holed a 9-iron from 167 yards out.
Listening to Phil Mickelson following an opening-round, 2-over 74 on Thursday in the first round of the Open Championship, you could tell he was a frustrated man.
That score, the defending Open Champion insisted, was not indicative of how well he struck the ball. He just couldn't get the putts to drop.
In a difficult, stiff wind on Friday, Mickelson was four shots better with an impressive 2-under 70 that pulled him to even par for the tournament with 36 holes to go.
If the wind hangs around at Royal Liverpool the rest of the day -- and it looks like it will -- there's a chance Mickelson could be within a handful of the lead at day's end. South Africa's George Coetzee shot an early 69 and has the early clubhouse lead at 5 under.
Friday's round was a move in the right direction for Mickelson, who is still looking for his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this season.
Mickelson responded to an early bogey on No. 3 with a birdie at No. 4 and an eagle on No. 5. He bogeyed No. 8 and made the turn at 1-under 34.
His inward nine was made up of a string of eight consecutive pars before a closing birdie.