Tue, 23 Jul 2019

Pebble Beach - Tiger Woods, irate after a bogey-bogey finish in the second round of the US Open on Friday, insisted he was "still in the ball game" at Pebble Beach.

Woods had played 29 straight holes without a bogey before his faltering finish, which pushed him to a one-over par 72 and a 36-hole total of even par 142 - seven shots off the second-round pace.

A day after scrambling to a one-under 70 thanks to a strong performance on the greens, Woods hit 11 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation but let his opportunities go begging.

After teeing off on 10, Woods rolled in a 10-footer at 11 for what would be his lone birdie of the day.

He missed half a dozen birdie tries from inside 20 feet, including three from within 10.

His par streak ended when he hit his approach shot short at eight. His chip left him 15 feet and he two-putted.

His tee shot at the ninth found a bunker and his shot out left him in the rough short of the green. He needed two putts from 20 feet to close out the round.

"Not a very good finish," Woods said.

"I'm a little hot right now. I just signed my card about a minute ago. So I need a little time to cool down a little bit."

But Woods insisted he hadn't blown his shot at a fourth US Open title - on the same course where he won his first in 2000 in devastating style.

"Right now I'm still in the ball game," Woods said.

"There's so many guys with a chance to win.

"We've got a long way to go, and we'll see how it shapes up for (Saturday).

"The golf course can be a little bit faster, a little bit more springy than it was today, and scores will continue to back up a little bit."

Woods said he was able to finish under par on Thursday, despite some poor iron play, because he managed to miss in the right spots and left himself putting uphill all day.

"It's so important to be below the hole, because above the holes, they're a little tough to make," he said.

"I had a couple opportunities there. I missed a couple. But overall I kept leaving myself above the hole. And unlike yesterday, when I missed it I missed the correct spots below the hole, today I never had that many looks from below the hole.

"The one I did have, I made at 11."

Leading scores on Friday in the 119th US Open Golf Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links (par-71):

133 - Gary Woodland (USA) 68-65

135 - Justin Rose (ENG) 65-70

136 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 66-70

137 - Aaron Wise (USA) 66-71, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 68-69

138 - Chez Reavie (USA) 68-70, Chesson Hadley (USA) 68-70, Brooks Koepka (USA) 69-69, Matt Kuchar (USA) 69-69, Matt Wallace (ENG) 70-68

139 - Adam Scott (AUS) 70-69, Jon Rahm (ESP) 69-70, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 69-70, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 68-71, Scott Piercy (USA) 67-72, Zach Johnson (USA) 70-69, Xander Schauffele (USA) 66-73, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 69-70

140 - Sepp Straka (AUT) 68-72, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68-72, Carlos Ortiz (MEX) 70-70, Dustin Johnson (USA) 71-69140 - Harris English (USA) 71-69, Jim Furyk (USA) 73-67, Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 69-71, Brandon Wu (USA) 71-69

140 - Sepp Straka (AUT) 68-72, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68-72, Carlos Ortiz (MEX) 70-70, Dustin Johnson (USA) 71-69140 - Harris English (USA) 71-69, Jim Furyk (USA) 73-67, Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 69-71

141 - Li Haotong (CHN) 71-70, Jason Dufner (USA) 70-71, Phil Mickelson (USA) 72-69, Nate Lashley (USA) 67-74, Jordan Spieth (USA) 72-69

142 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 68-74, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 69-73, An Byeong-Hun (KOR) 70-72, Abraham Ancer (MEX) 74-68, Viktor Hovland (NOR) 69-73, Charlie Danielson (USA) 72-70, Charles Howell III (USA) 72-70, Webb Simpson (USA) 74-68, Tiger Woods (USA) 70-72, Chandler Eaton (USA) 72-70, Luke Donald (ENG) 72-70, Danny Willett (ENG) 71-71, Paul Casey (ENG) 70-72

143 - Marc Leishman (AUS) 69-74, Jason Day (AUS) 70-73, Cameron Smith (AUS) 71-72, Rory Sabbatini (SVK) 72-71, Billy Hurley III (USA) 73-70, Billy Horschel (USA) 73-70, Rickie Fowler (USA) 66-77, Kevin Kisner (USA) 73-70, Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 69-74, Andy Pope (USA) 72-71, Daniel Berger (USA) 73-70

144 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 71-73, Nick Taylor (CAN) 74-70, Adrià Arnaus (ESP) 69-75, Rafael Cabrera (ESP) 70-74, Clement Sordet (FRA) 76-68, Martin Kaymer (GER) 69-75, Shane Lowry (IRL) 75-69, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 71-73, Justin Walters (RSA) 72-72, Marcus Kinhult (SWE) 74-70, Tom Hoge (USA) 71-73, Kyle Stanley (USA) 71-73, Patrick Reed (USA) 71-73, Brian Stuard (USA) 71-73, Collin Morikawa (USA) 71-73, Chip McDaniel (USA) 71-73, Michael Thorbjornsen (USA) 71-73, Patrick Cantlay (USA) 73-71, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 75-69, Andrew Putnam (USA) 73-71, Alex Prugh (USA) 75-69, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 70-74, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 71-73, Rhys Enoch (WAL) 78-66

Missed the cut:

145 - Matt Jones (AUS) 74-71, Branden Grace (RSA) 74-71, Rob Oppenheim (USA) 73-72, Nick Hardy (USA) 73-72, Joseph Bramlett (USA) 73-72, Lucas Glover (USA) 73-72, Ollie Schniederjans (USA) 75-70, Spencer Tibbits (USA) 74-71, Lee Slattery (ENG) 73-72

146 - Julian Etulain (ARG) 76-70, Jovan Rebula (RSA) 70-76, Justin Harding (RSA) 73-73, Scottie Scheffler (USA) 72-74, Brendon Todd (USA) 72-74, Justin Thomas (USA) 73-73, David Toms (USA) 72-74, Keith Mitchell (USA) 76-70, Luke List (USA) 74-72, Tony Finau (USA) 74-72, Jimmy Walker (USA) 75-71, Hayden Shieh (USA) 77-69, Ian Poulter (ENG) 73-73

147 - Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 72-75, Matthieu Pavon (FRA) 73-74, Ryan Fox (NZL) 74-73, Dean Burmester (RSA) 76-71, Alexander Noren (SWE) 75-72, Sam Saunders (USA) 72-75, Patton Kizzire (USA) 80-67, Joel Dahmen (USA) 75-72, Austin Eckroat (USA) 72-75, Chun An Yu (TPE) 74-73

148 - Mike Weir (CAN) 74-74, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 71-77, Mikumu Horikawa (JPN) 73-75, Ernie Els (RSA) 75-73, Cody Gribble (USA) 74-74, Callum Tarren (ENG) 73-75

149 - Guillermo Pereira (CHI) 77-72, Luis Gagne (CRC) 71-78, Renato Paratore (ITA) 75-74, Daniel Hillier (NZL) 76-73, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 75-74, J.B. Holmes (USA) 72-77, Stewart Hagestad (USA) 74-75, Kevin Na (USA) 72-77, Keegan Bradley (USA) 73-76, Jhonattan Vegas (VEN) 72-77, Sam Horsfield (ENG) 75-74

150 - Shugo Shugo Imahira (JPN) 75-75, Lee Kyung-Hoon (KOR) 76-74, Kim Si-Woo (KOR) 76-74, Kevin O'Connell (USA) 76-74, Bubba Watson (USA) 75-75, Richard Lee (USA) 72-78, Luke Guthrie (USA) 75-75, Connor Arendell (USA) 77-73

151 - Anirban Lahiri (IND) 74-77, Matt Parziale (USA) 74-77, Cameron Young (USA) 75-76, Brian Davis (ENG) 75-76

152 - Marcus Fraser (AUS) 73-79, Thomas Pieters (BEL) 76-76, Chan Kim (USA) 77-75, Ryan Sullivan (USA) 73-79

153 - Brett Drewitt (AUS) 77-76, Matthew Naumec (USA) 74-79, Cheng Tsung Pan (TPE) 80-73

154 - Kodai Ichihara (JPN) 80-74

155 - Noah Norton (USA) 80-75

155 - Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 80-75, Roberto Castro (USA) 78-77, Zac Blair (USA) 83-72

156 - Andreas Halvorsen (NOR) 74-82

158 - Merrick Bremner (RSA) 79-79, Eric Dietrich (USA) 83-75

162 - Devon Bling (USA) 82-80

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