Tiger shoots even-par 71 in second round of British Open

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Woods also praised the links-style golf of Carnoustie and the British Open, saying it's his favourite type of golf to play. His golf game couldn't quite match the excitement.

Like many of us who are getting along in years, Tiger Woods sometimes wakes up with neck pain after an awkward night of sleep.

Links golf is already an unforgiving game, and this weekend was an especially wild one for those taking the course. He's still well within contention for the prestigious trophy, just two shots off the lead, held by Kevin Kisner and 2015 champion Zach Johnson.

"I played better than what the score indicates because I had two 8-irons into both par 5s today, and I end up with par on both of those, " Woods said. "I've sometimes forgotten that, and just need to get back in that mindset". Then on Friday, a gentle rain finally came down, softening the course a bit and likely changing every shot that players felt they might have picked up from the first round.

The wildest moment on a wet day in Scotland came on the second hole, when Woods hit his drive well to the right on the side of a dune.

Woods, wearing a smart blue sleeveless jersey that matched the colour of the summer sky, dissected the fairway with his opening tee shot, twirled his iron in his hand and strode off with a huge media posse in tow.

The result was numerous long approaches, but those two opportunities at the par-5s were wasted, along with a three-putt par at the 13th hole. "Neither day has been in even a B-range of ball-striking, but I'm working the right way". But today with the wind coming out of the south, southeast, it didn't allow that. "It rained and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier, which was nice, and certainly birdies could be had out there". "It's just really hard".

Despite stating he believes this year's tournament provides him with his "best chance" at a 15th major, the American didn't look in high spirits ahead of the weekend's action.

But another trend continued.

Woods has not finished in the top-10 at a major tournament since 2013.

Still, this does not seem as much of a hurdle.

Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas entered the week holding the top two spots in the golfing world, but underwhelming performances from both superstars left them short of the cut line of +3.

"One of my main thoughts this week has been to just let it go". So maybe it was only for one week that Spieth had to give it up before taking it back to Texas on Monday. "He hit some incredible shots and just picked his way around the course well". I think he's the best golfer of all time. "It's kind of fun to watch him do that, to be honest".

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