2013 British Open: Putting Stymies Tiger Woods' Second Round, Finishes Even Par

By Phil Naegely
Tiger Woods
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After finishing within the top 10 after the 2013 British Open first round, Tiger Woods found himself vying for the lead in round two. After much criticism about course conditions, Woods and the rest of the field went out to a hand-watered Muirfield. Woods finished even par on the day, but could have finished much better if it wasn’t for his poor putting.

Woods had no trouble finding both the fairway and the green in regulation. However, his poor putting led to many two-putts when he could easily birdied or saved par. In particular on hole four, Woods lipped out a two-foot par putt. Come on, Tiger; compose yourself and then sink the gimme putt. Likewise, he suffered a three-putt eighth hole for bogey. To be fair, his birdie putt was from distance, but his three-foot par putt should have found the hole.

An even-par round is not bad for a major performance, but Woods set himself up to succeed and then couldn’t capitalize on his ample opportunities to threaten the lead. Woods could easily be one or two under for the second round and thus three or four under for the tournament, but instead sits at two under overall where he started the day.

There is good news, however: Woods finished the day tied for second after a plethora of golfers fell from the top of the leaderboard on Friday.

Overall it wasn’t the worst round for Woods, but he acknowledged it was “tough.” For the second straight day, it looks like Woods has fully healed from his elbow injury and will be looking to capitalize on chances he failed to seize Friday.

Heading into the weekend, two under par is not the worst place Woods could be in; he’s still in contention to win the 2013 British Open.

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