The irony in Tigers game


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive 73 at the Open Championship but to compare them would not do Friday’s second round justice. The Saturday 73 was much more ragged than the Rd. 2 73 that Woods shot on the Old Course, even though he doesn’t see it that way.

“I hit it good today,” Woods said. “I striped it all day. I just didn’t get anything out of the round. I couldn’t build any momentum, wasn’t making any putts and once I got it going just a little bit, I had back-to-back three-putts.”

Woods had four bogeys and three birdies on the day. Each time he appeared to get some momentum, he’d throw it away with a bogey. He made birdie on the 12th, but bogeyed the 13th. He made birdie on No. 15 but made bogey on No. 17 when he hit his approach across the road and near the stone wall. He failed to get up and down.

Still, Woods found humor in the day. His biggest nemesis all year has been his poor driving, often times battling the dreaded two-way miss. For 54 holes around the Old Course, that hasn’t been a problem.

“Ironically enough now I’m driving it beautifully and I’m not making any putts,” he said.