SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods typically feasts on the par 5s at Torrey Pines.
In 13 previous starts, Woods has combined to make 137 birdies and eagles on the par 5s and was a whopping 133 under par on those holes. As a result, he won seven times and finished outside the top 10 only once (2011).
This week? Not so much.
Woods failed to birdie any of the par 5s again Friday, and his second-round 71 left him nine shots back heading into the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. It was just the sixth time in his PGA Tour career that Woods has no par-5 birdies through 36 holes.
He squandered plenty of good opportunities on the North Course, the easier of the two courses here that played to a scoring average of 69.947 on Day 2.
On the par-5 14th, Woods drove into the gallery right and hit his approach long and left, but he proceeded to chip through the green with his third shot. From there, he bellied a wedge and tapped in for par.
On 18, Woods hit a long iron to the back of the green, but then three-jacked from 50 feet after a poor read on his first putt.
On 1, he had another iron for his second shot, but his ball took a bad bounce on the green and dove into the right rough. His chip trickled 8 feet past the cup, and he tugged the birdie putt.
And on 9, Woods drove into the right rough, plunking a spectator, and hit a 3-wood short and left of the green. His third shot had no spin and rolled 30 feet past the cup, and he was too bold on the first attempt, running it 8 feet by. He missed that one, too, and settled for a 1-under round.
“It was just one of those days where I just couldn’t get anything going, and then when I did have an opportunity, I stubbed my foot by three-putting twice out there,” he said.