PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Tiger Woods is on to the weekend at the 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. But he’ll be looking at all the missed opportunities Friday that prevented him from making a serious second-round charge.
After playing 29 consecutive bogey-free holes, Woods finished his second round with consecutive bogeys for a highly disappointing 1-over 72 on a day when he was totally dialed in throughout the bag but couldn’t make anything on the greens.
He’s back to even par for the tournament and was seven shots behind leader Justin Rose, sitting T-36 on the leaderboard when he finished at 4:30 p.m. ET.
While he gutted out a 1-under 70 in Round 1, scrambling and grinding to overcome a number of uncharacteristic mistakes with the irons, Friday’s round was a clinic in fairways and smart approach shots with absolutely no payoff through 16 holes.
Beginning his round on the 10th hole, Woods made his lone birdie of the day at the par-4 11th hole by sinking a 10 footer.
He hit 11 fairways and 13 greens to make for a remarkably stress-free morning on the whole. The frustration came from idling on the leaderboard all day when he should have been taking advantage of the sound ball-striking performance. Woods missed six birdie tries inside 20 feet on the day, including three from inside 10 feet, failing to get any momentum going on the greens.
So far, it seems like Woods is sticking to his game plan of mostly conservative approach shots, but with the course playing easier than expected, we might see a different approach over the weekend if conditions remain similar.
After two rounds on the opposite end of the spectrum, we’ll see if Woods can put it all together Saturday in Round 3 at Pebble Beach.