Is dramatic comeback in Tiger Woods’ weekend plans at U.S. Open?


PEBBLE BEACH – Tiger Woods made his move at the U.S. Open just as the weekend rounds were coming into sight.

Woods went the wrong way.

Finishing with back-to-back bogeys Friday left Woods “a little hot” and behind a lot of truer contenders. It wasn’t enough to draw a concession speech, not when his even-par total safely kept him above the cutline.

“Right now I’m still in the ballgame,” Woods said. “There’s so many guys with a chance to win.”

Tiger Woods misses a putt on the 15th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the second round of the United States Open Championship on Friday, June 14, 2019. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald)

Scoring conditions have been ripe at Pebble Beach. The ground is not too firm. The weather is not too shabby thanks to a constant marine layer. The under-par red numbers on the leaderboard reflect that.

It also means Brooks Koepka’s bid to win a third straight U.S. Open remains in play after shooting 2-under par each round thus far.

Justin Rose, Woods’ playing partner along with Jordan Spieth, could not parlay his opening-round 65 into anything more than a second-round 70, which isn’t all bad considering it’s not far off Woods’ 2000 romp here that started 65-69.

As historic as that 15-stroke win was by Woods in 2000, he needs as dramatic a comeback by sunset Sunday, and he expects tougher course conditions to weed out those merely posing as contenders, not a 15-time major champion.

Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 13th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the second round of the United States Open Championship on Friday, June 14, 2019. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald)

“The golf course will be a little bit faster, a little bit more springy than today and scores will continue to …read more

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