There is nothing sexy about an even par round at most golf tournaments. We normally talk about those rounds with tons of circles and few squares, forgetting that at some events, just making a few pars in a row takes all the talent in the world.
Tiger Woods did just that on Friday at the U.S. Open. His second round ended just the way it started, at even par, and he now sits at 3-over for the championship which is not all bad considering how Merion Golf Club is playing right now.
Woods had a chance to break 70 for much of his round, but some loose shots coming in and continued problems with the speed of these USGA greens kept him from possibly posting the low round of the morning group. Still, Tiger hasn't had his best stuff at all this week and currently sits six shots back which if you're paying any attention is sure to diminish as Phil Mickelson and the rest of the afternoon leaders take to their second rounds on a golf course that is just ready to take a big bite out of your scorecard.
Tiger's opening round wasn't exactly what he wanted considering it seems Thursday might be the best scoring day before this whole U.S. Open is said and done. Woods' putter deserted him to start his bid for a 15th major, with multiple three putts and bad touch around the greens.
The chipping didn't really improve in his second round, but he did look more comfortable on the greens, knocking in some putts that he needed to get back in this championship.
Now comes the waiting game for Tiger. When he finished his round he was T-29 with playing partner Rory McIlroy, who also shot a second round 70, but if Merion has shown us anything thus far it's that he will continue to climb the leaderboard throughout the day as some of the guys above him start making inevitable bogeys.
Now Tiger can go spend some time on the greens in hopes of finding the right touch that he has struggled with over the first two days. Some putts have gone for Woods, others haven't, but he will have to get a better feel for the speed of these Merion greens if he wants to seriously contend over the next 36 holes.