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Tiger Woods lost contact with Rory McIlroy and the top of the leaderboard Friday.
When Tiger Woods posted an opening-round 69 on Thursday, the excitement level at The Open Championship rose, and the whispers started about Tiger being back.
Well, those whispers increased in volume after Woods ballooned to a 77 in the second round. Woods is back, well back from the leaders, that is.
He barely made the cut and will get to play two more rounds of golf, as he continues his comeback from back surgery.
Woods got off to another lousy start, posting a double bogey and bogey on the first two holes. He went with his driver on the first tee, yanking it almost into the 18th fairway. And it got worse as the day went on.
“Yeah, I didn’t hit driver very good today,” Woods said (via Golf Channel's Jay Coffin). “I was trying to be a bit more aggressive. With the wind the way it was, I could take some of the bunkers out of play and get it down where I (could hit) sand wedge into the green."
Fourteen shots are a lot to make up, even for a guy who used to post some spectacular comebacks. But this isn't that guy, and until he figures out something with his driver, winning in any tournament, let alone a major, is still a far-fetched concept.