Tiger Woods played better than his scorecard indicated Friday, shooting a one-over 72 in the second round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Woods' tee-to-green game was exceptional, as he hit 79 percent of fairways and 72 percent of greens in regulation. He also went bogey-free for his first 16 holes.
However, the putter let him down, as he lost 2.09 strokes with the flatstick. He also bogeyed his final two holes to turn a two-under for the tournament into an even-par score.
His birdie came courtesy of a clutch putt, though, when he nailed one from 10'10" on the par-four 11th following an excellent approach to move to one-under on the round and two-under overall:
The putter did not come through on an attempted par save on the par-four eighth (Woods' 17th hole on the day). An awry approach found the second-cut rough, eventually leading to a 15'10" putt to maintain a two-under score. That attempt slid by the hole, leading to his first bogey of the round.
A seven-foot par attempt also missed on the ninth.
Woods has only shot over par on three holes overall at Pebble Beach. A double bogey on the par-three fifth set him back a couple of strokes Thursday.
Aside from those three holes, he's played clean golf, setting himself up for a potential run on moving day if the putter can get going.
Tiger Tracker summed up the performance well, while also noting that opportunities were missed:
Woods beat the field by 15 strokes the last time he won a U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, which occurred in 2000. That won't happen this time around, but he safely made the cut and will play the weekend.