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While not exactly backed into a corner when he left Merion Golf Club Thursday night at 2 over par, Tiger Woods needed to shoot a decent number Friday over 26 holes to feel good about his chances at the 113th US Open.
He did, so he does.
Paired with Rory McIlroy (No. 2) and Adam Scott (No. 3), Woods brought the world’s No. 1 ranking into a buzz-worthy threesome the first two days, and was predictably entertaining. Woods cleaned up his weather-delayed first round bright and early by playing his final eight holes in 1 over par, took a brief break, then shot an even-par 70 in the second round to finish 36 holes at 3 over, same as McIlroy.