Winged Foot let the boys play during Thursday’s opening round of the 120th U.S. Open. On Friday, Winged Foot became the bully of the playground.
Tiger Woods lost his lunch money on the front nine and by the time he signed for a 7-over 77, his Nike shoes were hanging on the telephone wire. At 10-over for the tournament following Thursday’s 73, Woods missed the cut once again at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, the site of his first missed cut as a professional after the 2006 U.S. Open (also his first major following his father’s death).
Finding the fairway is mandatory for success at Winged Foot and Woods socially distanced from the short grass for the second consecutive round. Beginning his day on the back nine, Woods got off to a strong start with four straight pars. The final five holes of his opening nine were played to the tune of 5 over in E flat thanks to double bogeys on both Nos. 16 and 18.
More misfortune awaited on the front nine with bogeys on Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6. It wasn’t until the par-3 7th, his 16th hole of the day, that Woods was able to make his first birdie of the round after stuffing his tee shot to just four feet. He followed suit with another birdie on his final hole of the week, the par-5 9th.
Woods has yet to announce his schedule for the rest of 2020 but will be the defending champion Oct. 22-25 at the Zozo Championship, held this year at Sherwood Country Club north of Los Angeles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t forget about his title defense at Augusta National in November’s Masters, either.