Tiger Woods’ last major came 10 years ago, at the 2008 US Open. In his most recent major outing — this year’s US Open — he failed to make the cut.
Now, at the Open Championship, Woods has secured his weekend spot at Carnoustie after shooting a second consecutive even-par 71.
Here are four key moments from his round today:
After an even par 71 Thursday, Tiger pulled his driver out of the bag for the first time this championship on No. 2 Friday. It didn’t go well.
The tee shot landed in a tough lie way right of the hole. So Tiger naturally aimed into the crowd.
That would lead to the first of back-to-back bogeys for Tiger, though he would only have two more the rest of the day.
In danger of falling past the cut line, Tiger responded in style, draining a birdie on No. 4 and then sinking another one from distance (with a leg kick!) on No. 6.
Two more birdies followed on the back nine, along with just one bogey.
Finally, on 18, Woods was back even when a beautiful approach left him with a birdie attempt to head into the weekend at 1-under. But a misread led to another 71.
“The fairways were a lot easier to hit today,” Woods said after the round. “Yesterday was a little more defensive, today, we could be a bit more offensive.”
With that mindset, it’s disappointing that Tiger couldn’t capitalize, but making the cut line (which was projected around 2-over when he finished) definitely leads to an interesting weekend.