by Jeff Skinner
Normally a par round is great, if you’re playing the U.S. Open. But a round of par at The Open Championship will usually have you backing down the leaderboard.
That’s not the case at a brown and burnt Muirfield as any player worth his whiskey would sign up for a 71 today and gladly take the day off. Difficult conditions with a shift in the wind and firm, fast fairways have made a sub-par round (pardon the pun) a major accomplishment.
Tiger Woods did just that today, carded an even par 71 and was glad to have it. He currently sits at -2 just two shots behind Zach Johnson. “It was difficult out there today “ he said. “The wind obviously is a completely different direction that it was yesterday. On top of that, we’ve had quite a bit of moisture on the greens overnight.”
Woods thought the greens were quite slower today and had a tough time adjusting but he’s definitely happy with where he stands now. ”It will be a fun weekend. This golf course is going to be difficult.”
And his strategy on the weekend is to take what the course will give him. “Just continue being patient, putting the ball in the right spots and trying,” Woods said. “We’re not going to get a lot of opportunities out there, but when I have, I’ve been able to capitalize. Hopefully I can continue doing that.
“I’m not going to win every major I play in, but certainly I can try and put myself there. If I give myself enough opportunities, I’ll get my share. I think I have so far in my career.”