Woods still isn’t di­aled in

Los Angeles Times - - GOLF: U.S. OPEN - By Tod Leonard

UNIVER­SITY PLACE, Wash. — Say this for Tiger Woods: He’s bat­tling his con­sid­er­able golf­ing woes with a wry sense of hu­mor.

“I wanted to shoot five or six to­day,” he said at the con­clu­sion of his sec­ond round in the U.S. Open. “But I wanted to be on the other side of it.”

That would be the red side of par, which Woods didn’t come close to achiev­ing. Fol­low­ing his open­ing 80, he shot a six-over 76 at Cham­bers Bay on Fri­day to en­sure that he would not be play­ing on the week­end for only the sec­ond time in 19 Open starts. Mean­time, his run of win­less ma­jors was ex­tended to 22 and will now stretch be­yond seven years.

Woods’ two-day to­tal of 16 over was four shots higher than his pre­vi­ous Open worst, when he missed the cut in 2006 at Winged Foot at 12 over. For the sea­son, Woods has made six starts, with a tie for 17th in the Mas­ters as his best fin­ish. He doesn’t have a round in the 60s since the third round at Au­gusta, and he has twice shot in the 80s since then.

Woods was only one over on his round through 10 holes, but he made five bo­geys com­ing in, in­clud­ing the last three.

“On a golf course like this,” he said, “you get ex­posed and you have to be pre­cise and di­aled in. And ob­vi­ously I didn’t have that. Ob­vi­ously, I need to get a lit­tle bet­ter for the Bri­tish Open.”

Woods said his sched­ule re­mains un­changed. He has com­mit­ted to the Green­brier in early July, fol­lowed by the Bri­tish Open at St. An­drews, where he has won twice.

Mick­el­son flirts with cut

Phil Mick­el­son la­bored to make the cut, but he has a lot of work to do to seize his first U.S. Open win.

Mick­el­son man­aged to make only one birdie against five bo­geys in shoot­ing a 74 that put him at three over. He strug­gled again with the speed of the greens, in­clud­ing at No. 6, when he made bo­gey af­ter leav­ing his first putt at least 10 feet short and it rolled to 20 feet away.

He made what should be con­sid­ered a tremen­dous bo­gey at 14 when his ap­proach found the green­side fes­cue. Mick­el­son slashed his wedge shot straight up in the air, get­ting to five feet to avoid mak­ing dou­ble.

Love­mark in hunt

For­mer USC star Jamie Love­mark is con­tend­ing in the first ma­jor he has played. In re­al­ity, he’s been pre­par­ing for this week­end for most of his life.

Sparked by hol­ing out a bunker shot for birdie on the course’s hard­est hole, No. 7, the Ran­cho Santa Fe na­tive shot two-un­der 70 to move to two un­der over­all. Love­mark is play­ing very much like the golfer who once was the topranked am­a­teur in the world and won an NCAA in­di­vid­ual ti­tle as a Tro­jans fresh­man. He left USC when he turned pro af­ter his ju­nior year.

“It feels good,” Love­mark said. “I was play­ing well com­ing into the week. I ex­pected to play well. I’ve played a de­cent amount of high-level golf. I was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the course and how it set up for my game. It’s been good so far.”

Plagued by in­juries, in­clud­ing a back prob­lem that re­quired surgery, Love­mark, 27, has played only two full sea­sons on the PGA Tour (2012 and ’14), but lost his card both times. He was two wins on the Web.com Tour, the most re­cent in 2013.

Hossler play­ing the week­end

Mis­sion Viejo’s Beau Hossler, match­ing Jack Nick­laus with a third U.S. Open ap­pear­ance as an am­a­teur, made the week­end at three over.

Af­ter shoot­ing 72 in the sec­ond round, Hossler, 20, said, “Ob­vi­ously, I’ve proven to my­self I can qual­ify for the event, but I think it’s time I start mak­ing a move to­ward the lead.”

Hossler, now at Texas, is best re­mem­bered for con­tend­ing into the week­end at the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club when he was still in high school.

Chip-ins

Am­a­teur qual­i­fier Brian Camp­bell of Mater Dei High shot 72 and was the top am­a­teur on the leader­board at one un­der. Camp­bell re­cently fin­ished his se­nior year at Illi­nois and played in last year’s Open, miss­ing the cut. … Rickie Fowler ral­lied from his open­ing 81 with a 73, but missed the cut at 14 over. … Among the play­ers near the bot­tom of the leader­board were three for­mer ma­jor cham­pi­ons: Woods, Lu­cas Glover (16 over) and Dar­ren Clarke (17 over).

Ezra Shaw Getty Im­ages

FOR­MER USC stand­out Jamie Love­mark is two un­der par in his first ma­jor cham­pi­onship.

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