British Open: Here comes Jordan Spieth at Carnoustie

Tiger Woods

Woods says British Open has become best shot at a major

Rory McIlroy spoke the language every sports fan wants to hear.

Tiger Woods played out of the rough on the 2nd hole during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, today.

Music to our ears. McIlroy is one shot back after a second successive 69. He more than made up for it in other areas.

Tiger went one-under on the back nine to get back to even par. "I'd rather fail by trying 100-percent than by sort of holding back and maybe not giving myself the opportunity to do well".

Two holes later, he found a pot bunker right of the par-3 16th and made bogey. Kisner entered the 36th hole with a two-stroke lead, but after he chose to push his luck from the rough and go for the green, he found the Barry Burn and walked away with a double-bogey and in a tie with Zach Johnson for the lead.

Jordan Spieth of the US reacts on the 18th during the second round.

"I certainly am not the No. 1 player in the world that ends in 'Johnson, ' " he said.

"Most of the good scores yesterday were in the morning, and they had no wind, and they have very little wind this afternoon with a softer golf course", Woods said. "And I think that's the fun challenge of it". The result is just the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Woods felt much better after applying the tape and went about his preparation for his round, welcome news for a player whose recent career was derailed by back injuries. "We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out".

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Woods will be at Carnoustie for the weekend, though, with the cut projected at 2 over.

Friday was not easy, but Woods said the rain actually helped soften the course a bit and helped the greens.

So on Friday, McIlroy hit only six drivers, employing impressive patience.

But his second round got off to a hard start as he bogeyed the second and third holes to put himself two over.

As it dries over the weekend (with no significant rain in the forecast), expect to see McIlroy, who won the last of his four majors in 2014, which makes him 0-for-his-last-14, going for the downs - the way Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton do at Yankee Stadium.

"As long as you don't hit it in the fairway bunkers, you're always going to have a shot at the green", said McIlroy, who ended the day tied for eighth with the likes of Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Danny Willett on two under. It would be incredible if I could win this'.

"I can't lie, if I could pick one tournament in my life to win, it would be the Open", he said.

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