Woods Charges Back at US Open
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2008 6:53 AM CDT
Phil Mickelson reacts after his approach shot on the 15th fairway during the second round of the US Open championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Friday, June 13, 2008 in San Diego.    (Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods looked like any other player trying to survive a US Open, head bowed in frustration with each shot that found trouble and kept him farther from the lead. But one hole changed everything. With his metal spikes on a cement path and a tree over his head, he fired an 8-iron around the branches and over the bunker to 18 feet for a birdie that sent him charging into contention at Torrey Pines yesterday. And he never missed another fairway or another green.

He found a rhythm that made it hard to believe he had been missing for two months while recovering from knee surgery. And with four more birdies for a 30 on the back nine, Woods rallied for a 3-under 68 that left him one shot behind Stuart Appleby. "I felt that if I played well in that back nine, I could definitely get back to even par for the tournament and I would be right back in the championship," Woods said. "And all of a sudden, I started running them in from everywhere."