Tiger Woods makes important closing birdie on Friday to post even-par 71

The old Tiger Woods never missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole when he needed it. Anytime Woods would have a look at a must-make putt to close out a round, you could bet your house on the fact that it would drop dead center and a fist pump would be in order.

But over the last few years, that hasn't been the case. So many times Tiger would come to a final green with a birdie look and leave it short, or lip it out, or just make a bad stroke.

That wasn't the case on Friday at the British Open. Woods came to the 18th hole in tough conditions needing a birdie to post a round of even-par 71 and get to 2-under for the week, a great number considering these greens look as easy to putt as an under construction interstate.

Woods stood over his 20-footer, made a good stroke and raised the putter as the ball disappeared for the birdie.

A year ago at this same tournament Tiger came to the 18th green at Lytham in need of a birdie to post his second straight 67 but found the greenside bunker. That shot came out perfect, rolled like it was on a mission to disappear and went in for the birdie. It was a great shot, but for some reason this day felt a little different. Friday appears to be a survival day for most players, and Woods was able to post a great round thanks to that final putt.

Now comes the weekend at a major championship for Tiger Woods. Stay tuned, it should be fun.

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