Tiger Woods came roaring back to life on Day 2 of the TOUR Championship, only to finish his second round with a whimper.
After finishing his opening round as the only golfer in the field without a birdie on Thursday, Woods played steady golf early and then hit a hot streak in the middle of his round. By the time he reached the 14th tee, Tiger was five-under par on the day and two-under for the tournament.
But his hot streak came to a screeching halt with a double bogey on No. 14, a bogey on No. 16 and then a dreaded triple bogey on No. 17.
As the PGA Tour noted, after shooting five-under par through 13 holes, he then went six-over par on his next four:
It was ugly.
By the time Woods was finished with his round, the legendary golfer looked as frustrated as a child who had lost his favorite toy.
Despite his disgust, Woods hasn't let on about the fact that the TOUR Championship doesn't have a cut. When he finished, he was tied with Jason Dufner—his playing partner on Friday—for the worst score in the field at four-over par.
ESPN's Justin Ray noted that this was only the second time in Woods' career that he's opened up the TOUR Championship with two rounds over par:
Tiger Woods back to +1 for the day. He's only opened the @playofffinale once with back-to-back rounds over par (1998).— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) September 20, 2013
Before Tiger's day started, Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel predicted that the world's No. 1 golfer would bounce back with a slew of birdies on Friday:
Tiger Woods is first at a lot of things but rarely, if ever, first out. Get the feeling today will be different story #birdiefest— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) September 20, 2013
Through 13 holes, it appeared Tilghman would be correct in her assessment. But Woods told reporters after his round that he simply ran out of gas in the end, as GC Tiger Tracker attested to:
Tiger on Rd. 2: "I put everything I had into that start and didn't have anythign left at the end. Ran out of gas."— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) September 20, 2013
The six-hole stretch between No. 8 and No. 13 was what most fans expect to see from Woods on a weekly basis. He birdied four of the six holes.
After getting back to even-par for the tournament by making three birdies on the front nine, Woods stiffed his 135-yard approach shot onto the No. 12 green, setting up an easy birdie putt.
He then kicked his game into overdrive on the next hole, draining a 15-foot birdie putt to move him to two-under par.
But the meltdown at the end doomed Woods' round.
It took Woods four shots just to reach the green on No. 14 after hooking his tee shot into the deep left rough. He then failed to get out of trouble on his second shot—barely missing a group of port-o-johns:
On the positive side, his 2nd @ 14 did miss the port-o-johns.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) September 20, 2013
After finally reaching the green, Woods two-putted for double bogey.
Another hiccup on the 16th hole moved him back to one-over for the tournament, and then disaster struck.
Woods shanked another drive off the tee, ending up in the water on No. 17. Six strokes later, he finally got his ball into the cup for a triple bogey to seal his fate on Friday.
Meanwhile, the men atop the leaderboard were recording excellent scores, which emphasizes just how badly Woods has played the past couple of days.
For the round, Woods hit just four out of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens. He needed 28 putts, as GC Tiger Tracker confirmed:
Second-round line on Tiger: 4/14 fairways hit, 10/18 GIR, 28 putts. He is tied for 29th in a 30-player field.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) September 20, 2013
With two more days of action from East Lake, it will be fascinating to see if Woods can bounce back and fight his way up the leaderboard.
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