Woods hangs in
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.”
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.