I just havent hit the ball as crisply as Id like, he said. Ive really saved myself quite a few times, getting up-and-down from everywhere ' the bunker, the rough, you name it. I kept myself in the ballgame. I have to start hitting the ball better and give myself a few more chances. Ive really putted quite well. Unfortunately, theyve all been for pars.
Woods comments on his chances after 2 rounds
Check out Tiger's scorecards for rounds 1 & 2
Woods didnt have time to work on anything between the time he was called off the course Thursday evening in the middle of a thunderstorm and awakening at 4:30 a.m. The situation with the bad shots and bogeys, however, became so bad that he was forced to smile after misfire followed misfire.
Im out there, Im trying as hard as I can, but sometimes things just dont go your way. I hit shots in some places that are hard to make par from. Theres nothing you can do about it. I try as hard as I can, but sometimes its funny to see the ball bounce that way. What are you going to do? said Tiger, smiling at some of the crazy memories.
Woods unreeled back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11 and 12 in the second round and looked like he was about to go on one of his patented runs. However, it stopped right there, Woods making only a bogey and five pars to end the round.
But Ive to think one shot at a time and not worry about whether I can birdie the next hole or the one after that, he said. All I can do is control this shot at the present. Whatever happens after that shot is in the future. Ive just got to keep plugging along.
Despite his score, Woods is hopeful that he is still in contention.
Hopefully, I can do tomorrow what Brooksie (Mark Brooks) is doing right now ' shoot about 6-under, Tiger said. If I can do something like that, I can get right back in it.
But the way the pins are, its very difficult to make birdies. You just cant afford to short-side yourself (miss the greens on the side of the green that the flags are). I did that ' not because I was shooting at flags, but just because I was hitting bad shots. I was able to get up-and-down most of the time. But thats not something I want to keep on doing.
What does Woods need to do to turn around in the third and fourth rounds ' assuming there is a third and fourth round?
Im close, but Ive got to get my timing down, he said. I guess Im hitting the ball all right, but Im not hitting it great.
My shots were everywhere. I was missing them short, long, left and right. I ran the gamut, I guess.
Full-field scores from the 101st U.S. Open