Tiger Woods struggled with the breezy conditions at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Friday morning, particularly on the greens, with gusts up to 25mph coming into play. Woods, who leads the PGA Tour in par-5 scoring this year, made a rare double on the par-5 15th, his sixth hole of the day, after missing the green left in two.
Tiger hit first chip thin and it went past the flag, so he putted from the fringe and blew it past the hole. From there, he three-putted from 11 feet.
“They were moving all over the place and it’s moving balls,” said Woods, who shot a two-over 74, one-over total. “It’s tough. You try and stay below the hole as best you can. But sometimes you have to get the ball on the green.”
He made up for the mistake on his first nine with birdies on both par-5s on the second nine.
“Well, it’s a little rough out there,” he said. “It’s not that hard to make bogeys and doubles on this golf course. You miss it in the wrong spot, get the wrong gust, it’s tough. We had a few shots in our group that ended up in special interesting spots.”
He was paired with 53-year-old Fred Couples, who holed a nice birdie putt on the last hole of the day, the par-4 9th, to finish at one-over at the halfway mark, as well.
Woods and Couples are tied for 49th at the moment, with the afternoon wave still out on the golf course. Play was suspended at 2:36pm — it wouldn’t be the Memorial without weather delays — due to thunderstorms in the area, but play resumed after about 20 minutes. There are a few more cells moving toward the Dublin, Ohio, area. While we might get lucky, there is a 60% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon.
Tiger has some work to do, but he doesn’t think he’s out of the mix quite yet. (Of course he doesn’t.)
“We don’t know if we’re going to go two tee starts, because the storm is coming in or off one tee,” he said. “We’re supposed to have very little wind this morning, but ended up blowing pretty hard but now it’s picking up again. We’ll see what happens, see what they do. If we get all bunched together, go off two tees tomorrow morning, it could be different, to get it spread out, see what happens.”
Tiger trails leader Bill Haas by ten shots. Haas shot an impressive five-under 67 this morning to take the lead by two.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy is two-under through six, but still one shot outside the cut line, which is currently at three-over.
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