Shane Lowry stays in the hunt at US Open as Tiger slumps to seal early exit
It was another day of contrasting fortunes for Shane Lowry and Tiger Woods as the Offaly man stayed in contention shooting a 70, while the American is set to miss the cut as he slumped to 16 over.
Starting the day at one under, Lowry made a solid start to his second round, claiming a par at the first four holes before moving to within three shots of the leads with a birdie at the fifth.
Unfortunately, a bogey five undid the good work, but after another par, the in-form Lowry picked up another shot on the eight to complete the opening nine in 35, one shot better than his opening round.
The back nine started similar in similar fashion, finding par in the first four holes again, but the only blot on the copybook came at the 14th.
After finding sand with an approach shot, his bunker shot rolled off the green and lost two shots.
It was a dent to the confidence after such an impressive round, but showed real composure at the 16th.
This time his accuracy from the bunker was spot on, catching the downslope and resting a foot from the cup for a simple par, as he did for the final two holes to finish at one over for the day and right in the hunt going into day three.
Woods on the other hand is braced to miss just his fourth cut at a major as he followed up yesterday's 80 with a marginally better 76, but finished another testing afternoon with three successive bogeys.
Birdies at one and 12 were sandwiched between eight bogeys as the player ranked 195 in the world looked a pale shadow of his formerself.