Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler struggle at TPC Sawgrass

Tiger Woods commits to 2018 British Open at Carnoustie

Tiger Woods officially commits to 2018 British Open at Carnoustie

Tiger Woods will play the 147th Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, in July. There wouldn't be too many people wanting to come down the stretch against Tiger Woods.

Woods still needed assistance to move back inside the top 70; as provided unwittingly by Jordan Spieth. But with several players out on the course with a shot at going lower than minus 10, Woods wasn't assured a spot in rounds three and four in the so-called "fifth major". Woods had finished his round five and a half hours earlier. His aggregate total is one under par.

"I'm more frustrated in the fact that I had some shorter irons in there and I didn't hit any of them close", said Woods.

"I was just a touch off today", he said.

When Woods was asked why he's struggling to put all aspects of his game together, he responded: 'That's golf unfortunately. But this is just part of the job. "But I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round".

McIlroy has committed to playing the event. The Northern Irishman had also flirted with the cut before finding water at the 17th, thereby all but confirming his exit. - Only the infamous 17th hole stood between Webb Simpson and a serious piece of history at The Players Championship.

Mickelson will try to turn into exclusively the sixth participant to clinch golf's grand slam of all 4 main titles at subsequent month's US Open at Shinnecock Hills, NY. But he has won only one time since, capturing the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2013.

He did well to salvage bogey, ending the day six strokes behind the six tied for the lead, who include world number one Dustin Johnson and Swede Alex Noren. Instead, he became the seventh player to share the record of 9-under 63 and first since Colt Knost in the second round in 2016. "Everything was working today".

"Two months of playing and two-and-a-half months before he gets to The Open, he could be right on form and ready to go in that".

"Well, I've got to shoot something in the mid-60s both days to get myself up there to have a chance or something", he said.

"I think he's just going to keep improving", Stricker said. "I'll easily be able to block that out and take the positives".

As the last of the afternoon wave teed off, the leaders in the clubhouse - Schwartzel and Cantlay - were at 10 under and the cut line sat at one under. The Australian's danger was highlighted last weekend, as he won on the PGA Tour in Charlotte.

"I actually really like it", he said. I think his chances of winning a major are maybe better than winning a regular event. Feel like I'm putting well.

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