Tiger Woods finished the second round of the U.S. Open with consecutive birdies, but at 10-over par, he'll need some help to make the cut.
But he’s still extremely confident. An interesting exchange after his Friday round via the Associated Press:
“Absolutely,” Woods said when asked if he would add to his total of 14 majors in his career.
"Have you seen the way I’ve been swinging?”
Woods says he hit the ball well but struggled with his putting in two rounds at Shinnecock Hills. And he had extra trouble on the first two holes, playing them at 7 over on Thursday and Friday."
Woods still has an outside chance to make the 2018 Ryder Cup team on points. From RyderCup.com’s T.J. Auclair:
After the U.S. Open, Woods will still have two more majors to play (Open Championship and PGA Championship) and possibly four more regular Tour events (the National, Greenbrier, Canadian Open and Bridgestone Invitational which he still needs to qualify for) before the automatic qualifiers are decided.
This year's Open Championship will be at Carnoustie. Woods tied for seventh there in 1999 and tied for 17th in 2007.
Bellerive Country Club, host of the 2018 PGA Championship, will be new for everyone -- it hasn't hosted a PGA Championship since 1992.
When we look back, 2013 was the last season in which Woods was truly healthy. During that season, he collected eight top 10s in 16 starts, including five victories.
He won't equal that feat in 2018; but he doesn't have to.
Bottom line: There's still plenty of time for Tiger to qualify on points.
If Tiger makes the U.S. Open cut, keep an eye on how that short game comes along throughout the weekend.