Tiger Woods Makes 14 Straight Pars, Shoots 1-Over at 2nd Round of 2019 US Open

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 14, 2019

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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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:

U.S. Open (USGA) @usopengolf

Tiger pulls the string on the approach and sinks the putt for 🐦 #USOpen https://t.co/9xNLuFzzdU

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:

Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

Criticisms of Tiger's strategy flooding the mentions, but there's been nothing wrong with the gameplan. He had his looks at birdie. He didn't make em.

Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

I said 2 1/2 hours ago that this was a pivotal nine for him to pour in some birdies and move up the board. He played it in 2 over. Missed opportunity. Big time.

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.