After two trips around Shinnecock Hills, Tiger Woods was waiting around Friday afternoon to see if he would make the U.S. Open cut.
But one nagging thought hit him.
“You don’t win major championships by slapping it around all over the place and not making putts,” Woods told reporters. “You have to be on.
“I’ve won a few majors in my career, and every single one, I’ve played well. And just goes to the setup. You just can’t fake it at a major championship.”
Woods shot 2-over 72 in Friday’s second round, a much better number than the ugly 8-over 78 he posted in the first round. But the 10-over 150 total has him in danger of seeing his tournament end after 36 holes.
“I’m not very happy the way I played and the way I putted,” Woods said. “I’m 10 over par. So I don’t know that you can be too happy and too excited about 10 over par.”
The two rounds are certainly no way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his memorable five-day, 91-hole U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines, accomplished with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and a broken left leg.
Woods hasn’t won another major since that occasion and his hopes at Shinnecock were severely dented when the suffered a triple bogey on his first hole of the day on Thursday to set the tone for a subpar round.
The second round was better — Woods had four birdies in addition to four bogeys and one double-bogey — but 72 wasn’t the number Woods had in mind.
“I wanted to shoot something around 68, 67, I thought that would have been a great score,” Woods said. “… I looked at it as progressively putting myself back into position. I couldn’t chase down the leaders right away, it was going to take me probably 2 1/2 to three rounds to do it. Unfortunately, I went the other way.”
Woods got off to another rough start when he double-bogeyed No. 1 and followed up with bogey on No. 2. Another bogey on No. 6 left him at 4-over for the round before he rallied with birdies on 8, 9 and 10.
He bogeyed No. 14 before responding with a birdie on 16. But Woods bogeyed 18, and that didn’t leave a lot of optimism that he will survive to play two more rounds.
While dissecting his round, Woods was disappointed with his putting.
“I finally made a putt — or two,” Woods said. “I’ve given myself enough looks. I hadn’t made anything the last couple days, and consequently, I put myself behind the 8-ball early in my rounds.”
Woods is playing in his first U.S. Open since 2015. He is back on tour after suffering through four back surgeries.
–Field Level Media