A recurring theme for Tiger Woods on a Friday: struggling to stay relevant in the tournament.

He will need a good day during the second round at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, not only to get back into contention, but perhaps to even make the 36-hole cut, which would be for the top 60 players and ties.

And this has been the story for Woods in golf’s return from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. He has been unable to get off to fast starts, which leaves him scrambling. And so far, he has not been close to contention in any of the five events he has now played.

Making matters worse for Woods is the fact that he made five birdies on Thursday. That should have been enough to be under par and within touch of leader Justin Thomas, whose 65 is the lowest score ever shot in any U.S. Open round at Winged Foot.

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