Woods bogeyed the ninth hole, his last, to finish the day at 1 under. He struggled with the driver and missed several short putts, and as a result sits seven shots behind Justin Rose heading into the weekend.
“I didn’t do anything well,” he said. “The only thing I did well was I fought hard. Grinded hard. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very good today.”
Woods found the fairway only once in nine attempts with his driver, and he has hit just 12 of 28 fairways for the week. After an opening birdie on No. 10, wayward tee shots led to bogeys on three of his next 10 holes before birdies on Nos. 3 and 5 brought him back to even for the day.
While the driver was the main culprit, Woods explained that his issues during the second round extended well beyond a single club.
“I didn’t hit it good in warmup,” Woods said. “Sometimes it’s just warmup and then you go out and hit it great on the golf course. That wasn’t the case today.”
In search of his ninth victory at Firestone, Woods now finds himself in an unfamiliar position – trailing. While he was disappointed with his performance, he remained optimistic about his chances of chasing down Rose and the other players ahead of him on the leaderboard.
“I’m only seven back,” he said. “That’s plenty doable on this golf course over the weekend. With the weather coming in tomorrow, I don’t know what we’re going to do, but I’ll be ready.”