DUBLIN, Ohio – It’s where everything could have gone terribly wrong.
Tiger Woods continued his tee ball struggles on Friday at the Memorial hitting just 5 of 14 fairways on Day 2, but it was at the par-5 fifth hole where the five-time winner of Jack Nicklaus’ event avoided disaster and set the tone for the day.
After a drive that drifted well right of the fairway, Woods had few options with tree trouble, a bad lie and a creek just 80 yards away.
“I didn't know if I could carry it the lie was so bad,” Woods said. “I figured I'd just take a chance.”
His 6-iron came out low and with little on it, bounced just short of the creek and hopped over before settling into the fairway. Woods would scramble for par from a bunker behind the green on his way to a bogey-free opening nine.
“I didn't even get to the golf ball, I just smothered it. For it to one hop was very, very lucky. It should be wet,” said Woods, who shot a second-round 70 to make the cut on the number.