Tiger Woods shoots dismal 77, makes cut on number
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship


What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, the golf world was in full Tiger comeback mode, and today, we all want to take a second to regroup. Tiger Woods got off to a poor start, and had to birdie the 18th to make the cut (+2) after a triple-bogey on 17. Major number 15 will have to wait, but at least Tiger will have two more rounds on the road to recovery.

Tiger said, “I got off to a terrible start again. And I had some opportunities to make a few birdies along the way to get back to even par for the day, and I just never did. I just never made anything. I had myself in good positions to make birdies, and I just didn’t do it.”

Tiger double-bogeyed the first hole and bogeyed the second hole before making 14 straight pars. He wasn’t necessarily cruising, but the round could have been respectable with a birdie-birdie finish. Instead, Tiger hit his drive out of bounds to the right, and tripled the 17th. He made his only birdie on 18 for a second round 77, and a ticket to the weekend.

“I’m pretty far back. Luckily, I’ve got two rounds to go, and hopefully, I can do something like Paul [Lawrie] did in ’99. He made up, I think, ten in one day. Hopefully, I can play well on the weekend and at least give myself a shot at going to the back nine on Sunday.”

When asked about Rory, Tiger said, “He’s done this before. He’s won I think both of his majors by I think eight, I believe. Once he gets going, he can make a lot of birdies and he plays pretty aggressively to begin with. And when he’s going, he can get it going pretty good.”

Tiger will need to sharpen his game if he plans to give Rory a challenge over the final 36 holes.

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–Bernie D’Amato