Last Updated: 19/07/13 5:55pm
Tiger Woods: Happy to 'grind out' a 71 in second round
Tiger Woods plans to continue "plodding along" after battling to a level-par 71 on a tough second day of the Open Championship at Muirfield.
The world No 1 opened with a 69 in the tougher, late-afternoon conditions on Thursday, but he struggled to take advantage of an early second-round tee time.
The three-time champion birdied the third and fifth either side of a bogey at four, but he was then forced to scramble hard for pars and dropped back to two under when he missed a short putt at the eighth.
Woods blotted his card again at the 11th and reeled off six straight pars before finally getting another birdie putt to drop after a delightful approach to 10 feet at the last.
"I've just got to continue plodding along, continue just being patient, putting the ball in the right spots."
"I'm in a good spot. I'm tied for the clubhouse lead," said Woods, playing in his 17th major tournament since his last victory at the 2008 US Open.
"These guys have to go out this afternoon and obviously play a golf course that's quick and it's drying out and with a different wind so it will be tough out there.
"I've just got to continue plodding along, continue just being patient, putting the ball in the right spots.
Tiger Woods hit a second round 71 to go two under par and the World Number One expects the Muifield course to play even harder over the weekend.
"We're not going to get a lot of opportunities out there but when I have I've been able to capitalise and hopefully I can continue doing that."
"I grinded all day and it was nice to finally make a birdie putt on the last. The greens were very very difficult and I was fighting it all day."
"Towards the middle part of my round I lost the pace and was blowing it past the hole. But finally got it fixed at the end."
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