PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The expression on Tiger Woods’ face when his U.S. Open second spherical was full Friday at Pebble Seashore informed you precisely how his day went.
He wore a glance of whole disgust.
“Yeah, I’m a little bit sizzling proper now,’’ Woods mentioned. “I simply signed my card a couple of minute in the past, so want a little bit time to chill down a little bit bit.’’
Woods signed for a totally aggravating 1-over 72, which left him at even-par for the match and 7 pictures out of the lead held by Justin Rose, one in every of his enjoying companions the previous two days, on the time his spherical ended.
Woods, who started his spherical on No. 10, threw away any probability at a good day when he carded bogeys on Nos. eight and 9, his remaining two holes of the day.
Requested afterward if he was “steaming,’’ Woods responded, “Yeah, I’m. Not an excellent end.’’
Woods, who’s chasing his 82nd profession victory and 16th main championship win after his Masters triumph in April, then seemed forward to the weekend and tried to place a constructive spin on issues.
“Proper now, I’m nonetheless within the ball sport,’’ Woods mentioned. “There’s so many guys with an opportunity to win. We’ve obtained a protracted strategy to go, and we’ll see the way it shapes up for [Saturday]. The golf course generally is a little bit quicker, a little bit bit extra springy than it was [Friday] and scores will proceed to again up a little bit bit.’’
Woods mentioned the USGA has the course “proper the place they need it,’’ including, “It’s only a matter of how a lot will it dry out from morning to afternoon. The fairways have been a bit gradual and tender. I don’t suppose they put mowers on them this morning. And the brief areas, the run-ups, man, they’re agency. So in the event that they get the greens wherever like that, will probably be a hell of a take a look at.’’
He mentioned he squandered some possibilities to get on a run in Friday’s spherical.
“I had a pair alternatives there [and] I missed a pair,’’ Woods mentioned. “However total, I stored leaving myself above the outlet. And in contrast to yesterday, after I missed it I missed the right spots under the outlet, [Friday], I by no means had that many seems from under the outlet. And the one I did have, I made at 11 [for his only birdie of the round].
“It’s only a matter of leaving the ball in the proper spots. [Thursday] I did that and [Friday] I didn’t. I used to be above the outlet and I simply wasn’t as crisp as I wanted to be to place the ball under the outlet every shot.’’
Rose, who performed with Woods the primary two days, mentioned Woods’ sport seemed “shut,’’ including, “He simply hasn’t discovered the subsequent gear get to get some momentum.’’