The irritating second round for Tiger Woods continues at the British Open, as the world's top ranked player has failed to make a move up the leaderboard and has actually lost a shot since making the turn at Muirfield. Tiger went out in even-par 36, a potentially low number ruined by two missed three-foot putts. But he was still in fine position to make another back-nine run comparable to the charge he made on Thursday.
Tiger, however, has stalled out early on the back nine. He made bogey at No. 11 after a poor chip shot prevented an up-and-down save. Woods' short game in Scotland this week has been spotty, to say the least, and on No. 11 he sent his chip shot well past the cup. He could not make the combacker putt, which was about 14 feet and settled for his third bogey of the day to fall to 1-under. At No. 13, he had to make a moderate-length putt to save par after another questionable lag putt. The work around and on the green, which was critical to his three-birdie-in-four-hole run at the start of the back nine yesterday, has simply not been there for Woods.
Compared to Thursday, the wind is bit up at Muirfield so the afternoon tee times won't have it easy. The leading number of 5-under, set by Zach Johnson, is unlikely to move much. Tiger will still be right in it even if he doesn't make another birdie today, but he sure could use a few more red numbers to mitigate what's been a frustrating morning at The Open.