"It was tough out there," Woods said.
The world's top-ranked player plodded along most of the day, lipping out a putt from 2½ feet, missing another short putt and settling for a bunch of pars — 12 in a row until his final stroke of the round. Then, he looked like the Tiger of old, rolling in a 15-footer for birdie on Muirfield's tough closing hole.
He raised his putter toward the blue sky with a flourish, fully aware he was positioned again to break the longest major drought of his career.
"It will be a fun weekend," said Woods, who shot 71.
Westwood was among that minuscule group putting up a score in the 60s, but even he was staggering a bit by the end. After a brilliant front nine — he carded five birdies — the 40-year-old bogeyed three of the last six holes to finish with a 68.
The last English golfer to win the British Open was Nick Faldo in 1992.
Westwood was feeling no pressure.
"Why not enjoy it out there?" he said. "It's tough for everybody. So smile your way through."
Woods is trying to break a drought of his own. He's 0 for 16 at majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, and missed four others during that stretch recovering from injuries.
Rory McIlroy didn't come close to making the cut after two miserable rounds left him at 12-over 154. Luke Donald and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose were also heading home, two British favorites who never got anything going.
Maybe they should try Jimenez's routine.
It's working just fine for the Mechanic.
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