Either massively ironic or downright appropriate, depending on your statistical perspective and faith in the Golfing Gods to manufacture cruel twists of Fate (see second paragraph), Tiger Woods brought his second round of this year’s Open Championship to a riotous conclusion on Friday evening, holing a pitch shot from a greenside bunker for a closing birdie and second successive 67.
The former world No1 heads the tournament ball-striking classification through 36 holes, having found 93% of fairways and over 80% of Lytham’s putting surfaces in regulation.
His form on the greens, however, has thus far lacked the explosiveness demanded of a prospective Open champion.
Unspectacular putting notwithstanding, Woods currently enjoys sole possession of third place (-6), three shots adrift of Australia’s Adam Scott and leader Brandt Snedeker, both of whom have yet to claim a major championship.
That steady, efficient progress, when read in the context of both his recent form and career record, appears portentous.
It’s an impression only strengthened on hearing the 36-year-old’s evaluate his own performance thus far.
“Overall I’m very pleased at where I’m at. We’re at the halfway point and I’m right there in the mix. With the weather that’s forecasted on Sunday and tomorrow, it’s going to be a good weekend…
“I figured I had a game plan that I thought would fit well on this golf course, and I figured I could execute it. And I’ve done that so far.”
*Update* Woods is scheduled to play tomorrow’s third round in the company of Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen (22), who has just navigated the Lancashire gloaming to card a hugely impressive 66.
I penned a brief profile of the younster in February. He’s since claimed his maiden European Tour victory.