Star Watch: Tiger Woods struggles on second day at Torrey Pines
Updated on Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker, and Keegan Bradley, as well.
Tiger Woods knew he needed something low on Friday to get himself into the tournament going to the weekend and he didn't even come close to getting it.
For just the sixth time in his career Woods completed his first 36 holes of a tournament without making a birdie or better on a par five.
And it's even worse than that when you consider his history at Torrey Pines.
Why is Tiger struggling? Woods was -135 for par-5s on his first 13 visits to Torrey Pines. He is +1 on par-5s thru 36 holes this week.— Jamie Kennedy (@jamieonsport) January 24, 2014
Oh and it gets even worse! According to Bob Harig Woods was 9 under on the par fives through two rounds last year when he won at this tournament. This year he's one over.
When asked about his game he declined to blame the time off.
"I wouldn't say it's rusty," said Woods. "It was just a fraction off. At this level and on golf courses like this, if you're just a fraction off it doesn't take much, especially as tight as that North course is."
Woods just could not get anything going and closed with a bad bogey to get in the clubhouse through the halfway mark of the tournament at 1 under.
I think Woods, who trails playing partner Jordan Spieth by nine shots, is too far back to make a run, especially since the final two rounds will be played on the south course where the scoring average is hovering around 2 over.
Woods has made a mini-career out of proving people wrong at Torrey Pines (he can't win three straight! He can't win four straight! He can't win on a broken leg!) but I think overcoming this deficit, with 50 golfers in front of him, is a bit too much to ask.
Woods blew his opportunity to throw himself into the mix on Friday and he knows it.
Here's a look at your second-day leaderboard and how a few of the other stars did:
1. Jordan Spieth: -10
2. Stewart Cink: -9
3. Nicolas Colsaerts: -8
T4. Marc Leishman: -7
T4. Billy Horschel: -7
And the rest of the stars...
Jordan Spieth (Round 2: 9 under, Tournament: 10 under, 1st) -- Held one 36-hole lead previously (2013 AT&T National) and finished sixth.
Jason Day (Round 2: 1 over, Tournament: 5 under, T11) -- Exemplified the difference between the north course (where he shot 66 on Thursday) and the south course (where he shot 73 on Friday). You'll see a lot more of the latter on Saturday and Sunday.
Keegan Bradley (Round 2: E, Tournament: 3 under, T22) -- Part of a group with Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker that all shot 72s on the south course. Bradley's was quiet, though
Phil Mickelson (Round 2: 1 over, Tournament: 2 under, T32) -- Five bogeys, four birdies, lots of breathtaking pars like this one:
Just your normal Mickelsonian walk in the park. "I can't stand bogeying the last hole," said Mickelson to Golf Channel after his round.
He also said he was "torn on the best plan of action" regarding his balky back on the weekend. I wouldn't be surprised to see him withdraw on Saturday.
Bubba Watson (Round 2: 1 over, Tournament: 1 under, T50) -- Watson made two double bogeys and still somehow only shot a 73. He was flirting with the cut line for most of the day.
Tiger Woods (Round 2: 1 under, Tournament: 1 under, T50) -- He'll have to shoot a pair of 66s on a US Open-like south course to have a chance. Not happening.
Hunter Mahan (Round 2: E, Tournament: E, T65) -- Mahan's 72 was even quieter than Bradley's. He had one birdie, one bogey, and 16 pars.
Brandt Snedeker (Round 1: 5 over, Tournament: 5 over, CUT) -- Bad outing from Snedeker especially after his T2 at this tournament last season. He'll be watching from home this weekend.
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