Tiger Woods silent after another disappointing day at the at BMW Championship

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The opening tee shot by Tiger Woods on the long par-5 first hole at Olympia Fields in Friday’s second round of (...)

Tiger Woods silent after another disappointing day at the at BMW Championship

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The opening tee shot by Tiger Woods on the long par-5 first hole at Olympia Fields in Friday’s second round of the BMW Championship drifted right and flew into a deep fairway bunker.

That would have been penalizing enough but somehow, the ball didn’t roll backward off a severe slope to the bottom of the sand pit and instead settled up against the lip.

It was an omen for what was to come.

A bad one.

While Woods scrambled to make par on the first, his second trip around these grounds was another laborious slog and now his mission to get to East Lake for next week’s Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup finale, is even more arduous.


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After tacking on a 5-over-par 75 to his opening 73, Woods is at 8 over and nine shots out of the lead. He is currently projected to need at least a tie for third if he is to advance to the Tour Championship.

After his first round – which he ruined by finishing bogey-bogey-bogey – Woods refused to talk to NBC TV and answered just three questions from other media.

After his second round, he talked to no one.

What would he have said, really?

He could have talked about his poor driving – he hit just seven of 14 fairways in regulation. Or his usual sharp iron play that was a tad dull – he hit 11 of 18 greens in regulation. Or his putting that has been nothing to rave about – he needed 32 putts in the second round, the same number he needed in the first round.

As for his ability to score, to make something happen out of nothing, he could have said it just hasn’t been there as he has made two birdies in each round.

Basically, Woods kept making things hard on himself on a course that was ready to devour any errant shot and isn’t set up to allow many birdies.

But he ended his day on a good note. While his first shot left him steaming, his last shot left him with a sheepish smile on his face as he canned a 37-footer for par on the 18th hole. But that was a rare positive on another negative day.

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No cut at BMW Championship, but after 36 holes these players have work to do

There's no cut this week at the BMW Championship, the second leg of the 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs. But after 36 holes, the projected FedEx (...)

No cut at BMW Championship, but after 36 holes these players have work to do

There’s no cut this week at the BMW Championship, the second leg of the 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs.

But after 36 holes, the projected FedEx Cup standings are sorting some things out. Namely, we’re getting a sense of who needs to do what over the weekend if he wants to advance to the season finale at the Tour Championship.

One player who’s in great shape is Rory McIlroy. He’s tied for the lead and has moved up 10 spots to No. 2 behind Dustin Johnson in the points. He’s attempting to become the first to win back-to-back FedEx Cups and the first to win three times.


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Only the top 30 players in the points move on to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Top 5 before the BMW

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Justin Thomas
  3. Webb Simpson
  4. Daniel Berger
  5. Collin Morikawa

Top 5 after 36 holes

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Justin Thomas
  4. Patrick Cantlay
  5. Webb Simpson

Biggest move up

Cantlay shot a 2-under 68 on Friday, one of only two players – along with Brendon Todd – to go 2 under for the day. Olympia Fields is proving to be one tough track this week, with Hideki Matsuyama’s first-round 67 the low score of the week so far. Cantlay had four birdies and an eagle but also a double bogey but is tied for the BMW lead with McIlroy at 1 under. They are the only two players under par so far.

In the top 30… for now

Mackenzie Hughes checks in at No. 30, up six spots, while Adam Scott is up nine spots to 29. Joaquinn Niemann is sitting at No. 28 after moving up three spots. Viktor Hovland has dropped three spots but is still at No. 27.

On the other hand, Cameron Champ and Cameron Smith both dropped six spots and are both currently on the outside looking in, with Champ at No. 31 and Smith at No. 32. Adam Long and Kevin Streelman also dropped six spots and sit at No. 33 and 34, respectively.

Other big movers

Louis Oosthuizen, who birded the 18th hole at the Northern Trust last Sunday to nab the No. 70 spot in the BMW, has moved up 28 more slots after his second-round 69. It’s the second biggest jump behind Cantlay’s. Oosthuizen is up to No. 42.

Bubba Watson, who played with Tiger Woods the first two days, shot up 20 spots to No. 38, still on the outside but heading the right direction.

Has work to do

Speaking of Tiger, he entered the BMW at No. 57. According to the PGA Tour, in a tweet posted before the first round, Woods “likely needs a solo-fourth or better to advance to the Tour Championship.” Woods shot a second-round 75 and couple that with his first-round 73 and he is ahead of just 12 players this week. He is now No. 63 in the points. Atlanta is looking like a long shot for Woods.

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