With many questions surrounding Tiger Woods heading into the British Open, his first round was a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately his second round was a disaster. He did make it above the cut line with a birdie on the last hole, but it was the 17th hole that killed his championship aspirations. Woods currently sits over 10 shots back of leader Rory McIlroy giving him no chance for his fourth Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
The 17th hole is a 458-yard par four with eight pot bunkers including four that guard the green. Woods’ drive went wayward landing out of bounds. He followed that up by hitting his next tee shot into the deep rough. He would finish 17 with a triple bogey seven after remaining at even par for the Championship most of the day. At that point he was below the cut line, but he birdied the finishing par five to move to plus-two and into the top 70 golfers.
Woods got off to a rough start with a double bogey on the opening hole. His drive went into the high rough and he had trouble recovering. Woods had to hack his ball out of two more patches of deep rough before getting to the green. He followed that up with a bogey on the second. He started the first round bogey-bogey but was able to recover. This was not the case on Friday despite parring the next 14 holes.
Woods finished the day at plus-five, and he now becomes a non-story for the weekend. He has been followed by his own set of cameras by broadcasters, but it is time that they use those resources elsewhere. Woods’ British Open is basically over.