Woods in Muirfield mix; now comes the weekend


GULLANE, Scotland – Tiger Woods has grinded out major championship rounds during his career as well as anyone in the history of the game. The opening round of the Open Championship Thursday at Muirfield was an example, which ended in a stellar 69.

Woods’ second round Friday, though, took grinding to a whole new level.

The game’s biggest draw made 12-footers for par, missed two 3-footers that resulted in bogey and struggled with judging the bounce into Muirfield’s greens all day. But, in typical Woods fashion, he drained a 20-footer for birdie on the 18th hole to salvage an even-par 71 on a day that produced high numbers in tough conditions.

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“It was difficult out there today,” Woods said. “The wind obviously is a completely different direction that it was yesterday. On top of that, we’ve had quite a bit of moisture on the greens overnight.”

Woods finished at 2 under par in a tie for second place, one back of 36-hole leader Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Now we turn our focus to the weekend, where Woods has struggled lately. Most know that Woods hasn’t won a major championship since that epic performance in 2008 at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. But that seems like a distant memory.

Woods has broken par just three times in his last 19 major rounds on the weekend. That similar trend will not help him collect a fourth claret jug.

“Just continue being patient, putting the ball in the right spots and trying,” Woods said. “We’re not going to get a lot of opportunities out there, but when I have, I’ve been able to capitalize. Hopefully I can continue doing that.

“I’m not going to win every major I play in, but certainly I can try and put myself there. If I give myself enough opportunities, I’ll get my share. I think I have so far in my career.”