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Tiger grinds out 73 to stay in British Open hunt

Tiger grinds out 73 to stay in British Open hunt

Tiger Woods battled through fierce winds to grind out a one-over par 73 on Friday in some of the worst conditions he has ever faced to stay in contention at the British Open.
"It was certainly one of the tougher days I've ever played," Woods said. "We had to grind it out, gut it out."
The world number one shared 15th on four-under par 140 after 36 holes, eight strokes behind leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa when darkness halted play with 30 golfers yet to finish their second rounds on the famed Old Course.
"It was a tough day for everybody. It was very difficult out there," Woods said. "The ball was oscillating on the fairways. A couple times I backed off. I thought it might move. You just had to deal with it and just be very patient."
Woods, a 14-time major winner chasing the all-time record 18 major titles of Jack Nicklaus, fired three birdies and four bogeys in gusts of 41mph that even halted play for 65 minutes while Woods was set to putt on the first green.
"Our putts were impossible on one because of the wind. It was blowing so hard," Woods said. "Putter was dancing all over the place on the backswing. You had to get anchored somehow and try and stay stable.
"It was just a very difficult day."
Woods said conditions were no better when play resumed but play was not halted again after the first British Open wind stoppage since 1998.
"It was blowing just as hard when we came back out," Woods said. "They were saying it's a hole-by-hole scenario. They could call it at any time, but they didn't, even though it was blowing pretty good."
Woods opened with back-to-back bogeys, missing an eight-foot par putt at the first and a five-footer at the second, but he answered with birdies at the par-5 fifth and par-4 ninth to make the turn level on the day.


Updated : 2021-02-26 04:16 GMT+08:00