The 25-year-old American followed an opening round of 66 with a 65 on Friday as he bids to win his maiden major title. He will be paired with Mito Pereira in the final group, who had never previously made the cut at a major. There is a packed field in close pursuit behind them that includes Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman failed to build on his spectacular start and carded a one-over-par round of 71 yesterday and now sits five shots off the lead.
Tiger Woods once again showed extraordinary mettle to avoid the cut after a round of 69, although his hopes of a 16th major victory are now obsolete. There are several notable names who failed to make the cut, though, including world No 1 and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay. “Definitely frustrating,” Scheffler said. “I’m disappointed too. It’s never fun missing a cut. I want to be able to play the weekend and try to grind it out as hard as I could. I just didn’t have it this week.”
Disaster for Woods – as he tumbles down the leaderboard with a triple-bogey six at the par-3 sixth. His tee shot was well short of the green and found the water, and it got harder from there, as from the drop zone his ball failed to grab onto the green.
A scrambling, up-and-down par for Woods at the par-5 fifth. His drive found himself among the fans on the left of the fairway and forced him to pitch back out. From the fairway, his approach drifted left and short. But a well controlled putt across the green set up his par.
Further behind, Webb Simpson has made a fast start with birdies at the third and fourth.
Morikawa lands a lovely approach into the fifth to within 10 feet, as he looks to get back to even par for his round. Woods made it to the front fringe of the par-three third in two shots but left his birdie putt high. He’s moved onto the fourth and has found the fairway.
Woods gives himself a fighting chance at saving par with a beautiful fade around the tree on the left of the fairway to roll it into the green – but the par putt stops a foot short, so he if left to tap in for bogey-five.
A gutsy par putt for Woods at the first! After catching the front edge of the green with his approach into the green, his third shot left him with 13 feet. Still, he rolled it into the hole to remain at +4.
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