After roaring to the front of the leaderboard with a Round 1 score of 66 on Thursday, Tiger Woods continued his recent trend of floundering with the lead, shooting a three-over score of 73 to put him in a tie for 12th place of the Tour Championship.
The cool, calm and collected Woods that picked apart East Lake for six birdies on Thursday was seemingly there early in the round. Despite some questionable shots off the tee, Woods scrambled well and knocked down two birdies in his first seven holes.
However, it was on hole No. 8 where the 36-year-old's day fell off the rails.
Far left all day driving the ball, Woods hit a huge hook that put him in the rough, not far away from a fairway bunker. Taking an aggressive approach on his second shot, he again sprayed the ball nowhere near his aim spot, landing well right of the green and in the deep rough.
His next four shots included an errant pitch and three befuddling putts, leaving Tiger with an inexcusable double-bogey and usurping all of his confidence.
The back-nine for Woods consisted of cleaning up one mess after another, with mixed results. Back-to-back bogeys on No. 11 and No. 12 were followed up by another set at No. 16 and No. 17 to settle him in with a three-over score for the day.
Woods' one saving grace on the entire day came at No. 18, where he hit a marvelous chip shot to within about a foot and a half to end his day with a par.
The former world No. 1's play on Friday continues a trend of poor execution when atop the leaderboard. Once the game's most dominating closer, Woods' 2012 season has been mired by constant yips when leading a big-time tournament.
Going into the weekend, Tiger has gone from a commanding position to six shots behind leader Jim Furyk, who shot a brilliant round of 64 in Round 2 to take the lead.
With nearly half of the 30-man field standing between Woods and the Tour Championship, it looks like he will come up short once again. And with FedEx Cup leader Rory McIlroy playing strong golf yet again this week, Tiger's quest for a third playoff victory is almost futile.
If he does indeed fall short, Woods can look back at this second round and know where to lay the blame.
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