HOYLAKE, England – Tiger Woods made seven consecutive pars to close out the first nine holes of his second round Friday at the British Open. The problem is that he began the round with a double bogey and followed it with a bogey to quickly get off to a terrible start.
It marks the third time that Woods began a major championship round with a double bogey and followed it with a bogey. The last time was the final round of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where Woods ultimately defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff on Monday to win.
Woods only used driver once during the first round on Thursday, but stood on the first tee Friday with the big stick in his hand. He promptly hit it left. His approach landed short, right of the green, his chip landed over the back left of the green, and he failed to get up and down from there and recorded a double-bogey 6.
On the par-4 second hole, Woods took driver off the tee again, but this time hit it right. That led to bogey to put him 3 over after the first two holes.
Irons off the next two holes produced easy pars, but Woods hit driver off the par-5 fifth tee and again hit it right of the fairway. His second was short of the green, he putted his third shot about 20 feet past the hole and two-putted for par.
Woods made the turn at 3 over par and is even par for the championship, seven shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.