The second round of the 2013 British Open at Muirfield Golf Club showed once again just how tough the course — and Tiger Woods — can be. After an admirable outing in the first round on Thursday in which he shot two under par, Woods once again battled the elements and the questionable course stat Muirfield to finish Friday with an even-par 71. With as much trouble as the course is giving many competitors in this year’s Open Championship, Tiger should still be near the top of the leader board when the second round is complete.
Zach Johnson, who led the field with a 66 on Thursday, is already off to a rough start on Friday with a bogey on the first hole. That’s a perfect example and just how up and down any player’s round can be at Muirfield, a course that is often described as “notoriously unforgiving.”
Woods still isn’t back to his old self has he missed a two-foot par put on the par-three fourth hole Friday, misjudged a three-foot par put on No. 8 and then narrowly missed a birdie put on the par-five ninth. Tiger started the day off well, then things got rocky before he finished the day on a good note with a birdie on 18 to get back to two under par for the tournament.
In short, Tiger’s second round was symbolic of the course and his career since the sex scandal that has seemingly prevented him from winning a major in five years. As long as the leaders don’t somehow overcome Muirfield for incredible rounds on Friday, things should get interesting as thunderstorms threaten round three on Saturday.