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Tiger Woods shoots 70, should move up leaderboard in afternoon

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods shot a 70 in round two at Merion. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods shot a 70 in the second round at Merion. (USATSI)

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It might not seem like Tiger Woods' even-par 70 in the second round of the US Open was what he wanted, but I'll bet he's in the top 15 of the leaderboard by the end of the day on Friday (he was T29 at the time he finished).

Might even be top 10.

Merion is playing like the beast she is -- only one golfer of the 78 who went out in the morning wave was under par at the time Woods finished.

The reasons for that are plentiful. The wind was stiff, the greens were fast, the sun was out, and the pins were, well, I'll let Tiger tell you about the pins.

"These pin locations are really tough. We knew the area they'd be around but we didn't think they'd be this severe."

The 14-time major champion was nursing his left arm all day after hitting out of the thick rough and confirmed after his round to Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel that the arm has been bothering him since the Players Championship.

Woods definitely had a chance for an even more impressive score but a duffed chip (see below) and a couple of errant drives cost him some strokes.

The good news if you're a Tiger fan?

He seems like he's gaining momentum on the greens. His putts were rolling true and he even knocked in a couple of long birdies and pars.

The bad news?

According to ESPN's stats department, Woods has never won a major when over par after the first two rounds.

The field will come to him, though. They've already started backpedaling harder than Deion Sanders in a mid-'90s Nike commercial.

Consider this: Keegan Bradley shot a 77 in his first round but he moved up the leaderboard 32 spots before even hitting a shot in his second. The afternoon wave will fall just like the morning one did.

That's what a dried out Merion with some nasty tucked pins is doing, eating guys up.

Former champion Graeme McDowell is 13 over, former champion Angel Cabrera is 15 over, and former champion Jim Furyk is 16 over.

It's filthy out there -- both the mud and the scores.

Which brings us back to Woods.

He was grinding, all day, as hard as he ever has. And Woods is somebody who understands that if he can stand his ground at a US Open, he can hang around.

And if he can hang around until the back nine on Sunday, then who knows what can happen.

That's all Woods wants -- a shot at more glory.

It's starting to look more and more like he's going to get it.

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