Tiger Woods begins his British Open with back-to-back 71s and finds himself in the top 30 in the clubhouse through 36 holes.
Not a stellar performance in these two days, but overall pretty solid. Woods is onto the weekend and in contention still at Carnoustie.
We followed his second round progress shot-by-shot. Catch up with what you may’ve missed below…
Hole No. 18: Par 4, 496 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:15 a.m. ET): A low draw for Tiger that lands in the left side of the fairway and kicks forward and right. That’s a good result down the middle.
APPROACH SHOT (10:18 a.m. ET): A 6-iron from 219 yards for Tiger, and that may’ve been his best shot all day. LAUNCHES that into the air, it lands 20 feet short of the hole and rolls up within 8 feet of the cup. That birdie putt will be for 70.
ON THE GREEN (10:30 a.m. ET): Ugh. Tiger hits what he thought was a good putt, but it drifts right, hits the lip and fails to drop. That’s a disappointing par, but overall a solid two days.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even-par 71 (Even par overall, T-28)
Hole No. 17: Par 4, 450 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:55 a.m. ET): This is an iron for Tiger and this is a nice low draw down the left side of the fairway. That’s fine.
APPROACH SHOT (10:02 a.m. ET): A 4-iron from 218 yards and this is a solid shot. It’s 30-35 feet left of the cup but pin-high. Should be a nice two-putt par.
ON THE GREEN (10:12 a.m. ET): A good run at that one, but it just misses on the right and runs 3-4 feet by. He does drop the comebacker for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 17 (Even overall, T-29)
Hole No. 16: Par 3, 237 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:44 a.m. ET): Tiger loses this 5-iron to the right and it comes up short, too. It might be in a greenside bunker, not sure. Regardless, it’ll be a tough up and down to a pin over a ridge.
AROUND THE GREEN (9:49 a.m. ET): Tiger indeed was in that bunker. He tried to fly this long bunker shot to the flag but this comes up 15 feet short. He’ll have that length putt for par.
ON THE GREEN (9:51 a.m. ET): That hit something early and finishes just right of the cup. Tap-in bogey. A tough hole, so not a bad bogey. But yeah, you still don’t want it.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 16 (Even overall, T-29)
Hole No. 15: Par 4, 472 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:23 a.m. ET): You’ll be shocked to learn Tiger hit an iron off the tee. This one lands in the left-center of the fairway and rolls into the center. Right where you want it.
APPROACH SHOT (9:30 a.m. ET): This is a 7-iron from 222 yards and solidly done. Maybe a touch right, but Tiger lands this just in front of the green and it rolls out to 20-25 feet right and under the pin. Decent birdie look from there.
ON THE GREEN (9:35 a.m. ET): That was left the whole way, but it harmlessly misses a foot by the cup. A tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 15 (1 under overall, T-15)
Hole No. 14: Par 5, 493 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:05 a.m. ET): That’s an iron for Tiger off the tee and this is a good one down the middle. He can go for this one in two.
APPROACH SHOT (9:10 a.m. ET): A 5-iron from 235 yards … and that is really good. Lands about 20 yards short of the green and it rolls all the way to the front edge. That’s terrific because pin is in front. He’s inside 15 feet under the hole for eagle!
ON THE GREEN (9:19 a.m. ET): Not a good putt there, but it’s a harmless miss to the right and he taps in from a foot for birdie. A tap-in birdie never hurts. This is his first birdie on a par 5 this week.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14 (1 under overall, T-16)
Hole No. 13: Par 3, 174 yards
OFF THE TEE (8:53 a.m. ET): A 9-iron here for Tiger and he yells, “Tiger, no.” Does not like it at all obviously and this is a miss right. He probably thought this was going in a greenside bunker but it comes up short. Actually a good break, as this makes this a manageable up and down rather than really tough.
AROUND THE GREEN (8:58 a.m. ET): That was pretty average. Tiger had to play that over the bunker and did not get good spin on it. This ball finishes 12-15 feet by. That left for par.
ON THE GREEN (9:01 a.m. ET): That is HUGE. Tiger drops this left-to-right slider in the left side of the cup for an important par save. Tiger gives it a nice little fist pump, too. He’s hanging in there, folks, and now has a par 5.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 13 (Even overall, T-31)
Hole No. 12: Par 4, 501 yards
OFF THE TEE (8:29 a.m. ET): Another iron and another beauty down the middle. It will be a long second shot, though.
APPROACH SHOT (8:38 a.m. ET): A 3-iron from 242 yards and this one is a bit too far right. It actually does find the green on the way right side, but that will leave a putt of at least 80 feet. Will need a lot of touch to two-putt this.
ON THE GREEN (8:50 a.m. ET): That’s a pretty nice lag, to be honest. He gets this one to finish inside 5 feet by the hole. That comebacker drops, too, and that’s a nice par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 12 (Even overall, T-29)
Hole No. 11: Par 4, 383 yards
OFF THE TEE (8:15 a.m. ET): That’s fairway with iron off the tee here. Just fine, in good position.
APPROACH SHOT (8:20 a.m. ET): This is an 8-iron from 157 yards and Tiger likes it. A pretty good shot, as this finished pin-high 15 feet left of the flag. That will be a good birdie chance from there.
ON THE GREEN (8:25 a.m. ET): And he rolls that right in! Nice birdie and he’s within six again. The next few holes will be important. If Tiger can push into the red again, he can be a contender this weekend. If he continues to stagnate or falls back, he may be too far back through 36 or miss the cut.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 11 (Even overall, T-32)
Hole No. 10: Par 4, 474 yards
OFF THE TEE (7:58 a.m. ET): A driver for Tiger and he does not like it. Another miss to the right and this ends up in the thick rough over there. It’s lie dependent what he can do from there. Tiger really just does not have it with the driver today.
APPROACH SHOT (8:02 a.m. ET): The lie there was just fine there. Tiger plays a controlled shot and this one finds the green. Looks like 40-50 feet short of the cup. He will take his two-putt par and run if he can get it.
ON THE GREEN (8:09 a.m. ET): Oh he almost stole one there. What a putt. Played it out 10 feet to the right to come off a shoulder and he nearly drains it! The ball took that big left turn and seemed to be rolling in dead center but just lost speed at the end and dove left across the cup. Alas, it’s a tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 10 (1 over overall, T-46)
Hole No. 9: Par 4, 457 yards
OFF THE TEE (7:38 a.m. ET): Tiger takes iron and this is a nice low one down the right side of the fairway. Ideal position here.
APPROACH SHOT (7:45 a.m. ET): A 6-iron here and Tiger hates it. This one is out to the right, and just a shaky shot. Not sure where that ended up. Good news is if he’s not in some horrible lie, an up and down shouldn’t be hard. Plenty of green to work with to front left pin.
AROUND THE GREEN (7:50 a.m. ET): Tiger ended up short and right in the fairway. Not a tough chip, he lands this short of the green and this one hops and rolls about 6 feet short of the cup. Pretty solid, although not stone dead for sure.
ON THE GREEN (7:54 a.m. ET): That one lips out on the right, and we have bogey. Another unforced one after a pristine drive. TW has been fine today, but it appears he’s stuck in neutral. And now we bring back that the current cutline is 2 over.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 9 (1 over overall, T-47)
Hole No. 8: Par 3, 183 yards
OFF THE TEE (7:25 a.m. ET): Tiger plays a high cut that goes just left of a tucked right pin, and this is a nice one. The ball doesn’t land softly, as it lands short of the pin and trundles about 20 feet beyond the hole. A really nice shot to that pin, honestly could’ve been within 10 feet if it had gotten a softer bounce.
ON THE GREEN (7:32 a.m. ET): Oh that was right on line but it come up six inches short dead in the heart. That would’ve been a nice birdie, but tap-in pars aren’t killing anyone. He’s really only a couple birdies away from making a charge at the lead. Still just five back,
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 8 (Even overall, T-33)
Hole No. 7: Par 4, 406 yards
OFF THE TEE (7:06 a.m. ET): An iron off the tee and Tiger immediately loses this one to the right. Hates it and should. This ball finishes in deep rough over there and maybe went 200 yards off the tee. That’ll leave a 200-yard range approach from deep rough. Depends on lie, but that won’t be fun.
APPROACH SHOT (7:11 a.m. ET): Tiger had 203 yards here from the rough and he comes out of it. This is a low shot that came out dead but runs a bit. The ball finishes about 30 yards short of the green in the fairway. Will have to get up and down from 40-50 yards for par.
AROUND THE GREEN (7:15 a.m. ET): That was nifty. Tiger’s pitch lands 20 feet short, takes a big hop forward, rolls a bit and then comes to a quick halt 3-4 feet right of the cup. That was pretty touch that leaves him with a fantastic chance to save par.
ON THE GREEN (7:21 a.m. ET): Got it. A great up and down there for TW.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 7 (Even overall, T-31)
Hole No. 6: Par 5, 588 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:45 a.m. ET): Another driver for Tiger, and this is a big miss to the right.
Remember, there’s out of bounds left. So that miss is understandable and predictable. Tiger ends up in rough, and the lie looks pretty good. Definitely a bailout swing, but he’s fine. If it got far enough down there, he can still go for this green in two.
SECOND SHOT (6:51 a.m. ET): Yeah, he was too far back to go for this. He takes iron from there and hits a stinger down the fairway. A good layup, and he’ll have a wedge third.
THIRD SHOT (6:54 a.m. ET): Actually, Tiger had 185 yards for his third with this hole playing directly into the wind. Even worse, his ball finished in a divot. Considering that, Tiger does pretty well to get this ball to finish about 40 feet below the hole. That long birdie putt remains. Not great on a par 5, but this one is playing tough right now dead into the wind.
ON THE GREEN (6:59 a.m. ET): With some slopes involved here, that was not an easy two-putt at all. It looked like Tiger’s first putt was coming up 6-7 feet short, but the ball catches a downhill slope late and trickles 18 inches below the cup. Great touch from Tiger. he taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6 (Even overall, T-33)
Hole No. 5: Par 4, 412 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:26 a.m. ET): An iron off the tee here, and it’s just fine in the fairway. Not far out there, so he’ll have maybe 200 yards for his second.
APPROACH SHOT (6:31 a.m. ET): So it was actually 183 yards on the approach, and Tiger fires an 8-iron right at the flag but about 25 feet short. Solid, unspectacular. The rain has started to come down significantly in the last few minutes, by the way.
ON THE GREEN (6:36 a.m. ET): Oh, baby! That putt was slow, but Tiger just gets that one to the hole and it drops for back-to-back birdies. This has been a huge last two holes to lean Tiger’s day toward contending rather than fighting the cut.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 (Even overall, T-33)
Hole No. 4: Par 4, 401 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:15 a.m. ET): This hole is into the wind and Tiger turns to the driver again. This one is WAY better than No. 2, as he launches it perfectly down the right side of the fairway. As I said, I like the bit of more aggression off the tee – which to be fair, softer, cooler conditions have kind of necessitated anyway.
APPROACH SHOT (6:18 a.m. ET): OK then, this could be a bounceback. Tiger had 122 yards in and this ball lands about 10 feet right and past, and then forcefully zips back 12 feet under the cup. His best birdie look today, for sure.
ON THE GREEN (6:23 a.m. ET): There we go! Tiger gets that to fall in the left side for a birdie. He really needed that. Remember, the sixth is a reachable par 5. So within 30 minutes, he could be right back in this now.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 4 (1 over overall, T-48)
Hole No. 3: Par 4, 358 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:55 a.m. ET): An iron here for Tiger and this is just fine down the left side of the fairway. That makes the hole play a little longer, but he’ll still have a short-iron at most in. Note: That driver at the last hole was a bad swing, but I actually like him playing a little more aggressive there. It’s tough to see him winning this week playing as conservatively off the tee as he did Thursday.
APPROACH SHOT (6 a.m. ET): From about 150 yards, Tiger is on line but a bit short. This ball finishes about 30 feet under the hole. Not bad, but not awesome. Just noting this now: The cutline is currently 2 over. Tiger is +1.
ON THE GREEN (6:07 a.m. ET): That was a huge error. Tiger rammed his first putt 6 feet by for no good reason and his comebacker barely misses on the left. That is just a totally unforced three-putt bogey. A bad, terrible bogey – we’re not going to sugarcoat it. Tiger is now on the cutline.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 3 (2 over overall, T-67)
Hole No. 2: Par 4, 476 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:39 a.m. ET): A bit of a surprise as Tiger takes driver. Getting a bit more aggressive. Unfortunately, he executes poorly as he loses this one well to the right. His ball ends up in deep rough well right of the fairway. The lie looks OK, though, so he’s really not in much trouble here considering the quality of the shot.
SECOND SHOT (5:43 a.m. ET): Well, that was awful. The ball was way above Tiger’s feet and he aimed at the crowd and tried to play a high hook. But this ball barely gets off the ground and goes into the crowd. This probably went 100 yards forward and stays in the rough. A much flatter, decent lie remains for his third, but he’ll have a full wedge and he would do incredibly well to get up and down from there for par.
THIRD SHOT (5:47 a.m. ET): All Tiger could do from here was just aim this at the center of the green. He does just that and safely leaves himself about 30 feet left of the hole for par. That was a good, smart play after two poor shots to start the hole.
ON THE GREEN (5:52 a.m. ET): That was always a bit right and the ball traipses about a foot past. He taps in from there for bogey. Just a poorly played hole. Wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see that driver again today.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 2 (1 over overall, T-48)
Hole No. 1: Par 4, 391 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:20 a.m. ET): A sawed-off iron for Tiger here, and he likes it immediately. Right down the middle, a great opening blast. If Tiger’s conservative strategy is changing off the tee, he definitely didn’t show it here.
APPROACH SHOT (5:26 a.m. ET): This one from 157 yards is just the tiniest bit right and will give us a solid start. This one finishes about 15 feet away, right and just beyond the hole. A good birdie look upcoming to start.
ON THE GREEN (5:32 a.m. ET): Actually maybe 20 feet there, and Tiger hits a nice putt but it just slides by on the right. The ball harmlessly rolls to maybe 18 inches. He taps in for an easy par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (Even overall, T-32)
Tiger tees off at 5:20 a.m. ET. He has indeed made his way to the course! The KT Tape is back, too.
And before he starts his round, here’s a look back at his Thursday:
Oh, and just a little more context on his opening round: