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Golf: Woeful start leaves Woods needing late surge

Tiger Woods, again started dreadfully at the British Open as his second round began with a double bogey, bogey, stripping the American of three valuable strokes to leave him eight off the lead.

HOYLAKE, United Kingdom: Tiger Woods, again started dreadfully at the British Open on Friday as his second round began with a double bogey, bogey, stripping the American of three valuable strokes to leave him eight off the lead.

The 2006 champion at Royal Liverpool, the 12th of his 14 majors, recorded a double bogey to start a round in a major for the first time since 2009.

A wayward tee shot found the left hand rough and when he blasted his approach shot over the green, a recovery became even more difficult.

When he finally found the green for three, it took the 38-year-old three putts to get down and the frustration on his face was clear to all to see.

Wearing an all-black outfit for the first time this week, the colour reflected his mood one hole later when he missed a short par putt at the 454-yard par four second.

Gusting winds accompanied the three-time Open winner and his playing partners for the second day, Henrik Stenson, the Swedish world number two and the ever popular Angel Cabrera of Argentina.

He settled for par at the third after missing a makeable birdie putt from 12ft that deprived the passionate crowd the chance to roar their approval for the first time in the round.

As the leaderboard flashed that overnight leader Rory McIlroy was extending his lead a few holes back, the pressure began to build on the Florida resident who is playing only his second tournament since returning from back surgery.

A much needed birdie which could have sparked a run failed to materialise, but he at least went on a run of seven straight pars that indicated he had brought security back to his game.

With a flurry of red numbers decorating the leaderboard, Woods knew that birdies are there for the taking as the blustery conditions of earlier in the day turned to baking sunshine and ideal weather for attacking golf.

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