Way over par: The Tiger Woods story
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Tiger Woods played a little bit better in the second round of the U.S. Open — he shot a six-over 76 to post a 36-hole total of 16-over, the highest ever over two days in his career. Following his opening round of 80, it would have taken a miracle for Woods to make the cut.

With the afternoon wave out on the course still, Woods is only beating one player in the field at the moment.

“I wanted to shoot 5 or 6 today,” said Woods, smiling. “But I wanted to be on the other side of it.

“I hit a little bit better today. But, again, I made nothing today. I didn’t make any putts the first two days; I hit it better today. Hitting some spots where I could hit some putts; I made nothing.”

Woods found 10 of 14 fairways and hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation, but he needed a whopping 37 putts. Even if he had holed a few putts, it still wouldn’t have had much of an impact on his score or his current situation. He simply isn’t striking the ball or playing well enough at the moment to tackle the challenges at Chambers Bay, not to mention at the major that prides itself as being the toughest test in golf.

“On a golf course like this you get exposed and you have to be precise and dialed in,” said Woods. “Obviously I didn’t have that. I need to get a little better for the British Open and I’ll keep working at it.”

Despite hitting what feels like rock bottom, Woods isn’t adjusting his schedule in any way. It seems like adding a few regular PGA Tour events at venues where birdies are aplenty could do Tiger good and give him some much-needed confidence. But, as we know, Woods rarely strays from playing his conventional playing calendar at the same stops — generally at courses that he’s had a long history of success.

“I’m playing the same events,” said Tiger. “My schedule is set for the summer. And I’m playing every other week. I’m excited about it.”

His next start is at the Greenbrier Classic in a few weeks before heading across the pond to the British Open in a month. Then, a few weeks later, he’s playing the tournament that he hosts and benefits his foundation, the Quicken Loans National. Following that, he’ll play at the PGA Championship. At this rate, he’s not likely to make the FedExCup playoffs.

Well, where does he go from here?

“Just continue practicing, continue working on it,” said Woods. “And hopefully it will be a little bit better.”

Now that doesn’t sound too optimistic, does it? But I guess after shooting rounds of 80-76, anyone would be feeling pretty deflated — let alone a guy who has won 14 majors.

Please either stop playing altogether or start playing better, Tiger. It’s just sad to watch him hack it around and struggle so badly.