Woods misses golden chance to get into red figures
It was another day of missed opportunities and clutch saves for Tiger Woods, who after 36 holes remains even par for The Open.
Woods backed up an opening round 71 with another. Early on, Woods struggled with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 2 and 3 before immediately bouncing back with birdies at 4 and 5.
Woods' lag putting was key on 12 as he made par from the extreme opposite side of the green, then made a key save at 13.
But Woods also missed golden opportunities with the putter. On the 14th hole, he had a good look at eagle but came up short. He had an even better look, this time for birdie, on the 18th hole to get into red numbers after hitting an approach shot to 8 feet.
But he couldn't convert the look, and walked off the golf course in a tie for 29th and six back of the leaders in the clubhouse. After very different conditions from day to day, Woods' score went unchanged.
"It was a test but the fairways were a lot easier to hit today," said Woods. "We could get after some of these flags which was nice. yesterday was more defensive, today we could be more offensive which is nice."
Woods' ball striking remains solid for the most part. He hit 12 of 18 greens and 10 of 15 fairways at Carnoustie in Day 2. He's avoided big numbers, a question mark coming into this week, tallying no double bogeys thus far.
Nevertheless, the three-time Champion Golfer of the Year is now playing the weekend at The Open for the first time since 2014. Woods has a chance to finish better than his two previous starts at Carnoustie, where he finished 7th (1999) and 12th (2007).
"It's going to be a crowded leaderboard," said Woods. "At the end of the week there's going to be about 10 guys with a chance to win on Sunday."
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