Woods hangs in

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

ST. AN­DREWS, Scot­land — On a try­ing Bri­tish Open day for Tiger Woods, he found the magic to put a lit­tle bit of a flour­ish on the end.

Woods flirted with a hole-inone at St. An­drews’ par-4 18th hole, missing the ea­gle at­tempt but tap­ping in for birdie to com­plete a 1-over 73 that left him eight shots be­hind.

Woods reached the 36-hole check­point in a tie for 15th — not so bad com­pared with the ma­jor­ity of wind-beaten golfers who toured the Old Course in the af­ter­noon.

Take Louis Oosthuizen out of the equa­tion, and Woods’ quest to be­come the only man to win three Opens at St. An­drews isn’t on life sup­port yet. At 4-un­der 140, he stood only three strokes out of sec­ond place.

Nor is Oosthuizen in po­si­tion for cruise con­trol.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough 36 holes,” Woods said. “You’re go­ing to have to show a lot of pa­tience, hit the ball well and — as I said ear­lier in the week — you’ve got to lag putt well.”

Alastair Grant AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Tom Wat­son kisses the Swilcan Bridge at St. An­drews dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Bri­tish Open on Fri­day. Wat­son sits at 4 over for the tour­na­ment, which will not make the cut.

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