5:42 p.m. An understandably grim Tiger talks with the Golf Channel. His quotes:
"I hit it good all day and let my round get away from me. It's unreal." "I just didn't make any putts at all today. My putting was awful." 5:40 p.m. Hmmmm. Tiger's round is over, another 20 minutes of Golf Channel broadcast left. I smell a Tiger video recap coming soon. 5:35 p.m. Woods is lining up a short birdie putt on 18….and it lips out. Ugh! 3-over for the day. 5:30 p.m. Stephanie Wei reports on Dustin Johnson's race horse — yeah, that's right — at WeiUnderPar.com.
Johnson just reached the green with his second shot after a wayward drive on 18 — he's 1-over on the day. 5:28 p.m. If you're wondering why we've been focusing on Tiger so much, it's because all the good scores were shot in the morning. Nobody's tearing it up this afternoon. 5:26 p.m. Woods (3-over) bombs a drive on 18. "Well he's got that club working," a cheerful Faldo says. 5:24 p.m. One more note on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. If Tom Watson plays well at the British Open, he should get serious consideration for the team. 5:22 p.m. Zach Johnson via Twitter from Sea Island, Ga.: Stuck in 4th of July traffic on the island! Unreal…hope there isn't an accident. Haven't moved 500 yrds in 30 mins…ughhh! At least he's having a better time than Tiger. 5:20 p.m. Woods misses his putt, double bogey, he's 4-over in last four holes, 3-over for the day. I would make a joke here, but it feels like piling on. 5:19 p.m. The Aronimink greens are giving guys a lot of trouble today. Earlier in the week, Jim Furyk explained why.
Q. Are you surprised at the setup, that it's this difficult? Were you looking for a little bit more of a vacation this week?
JIM FURYK: No, I don't think anyone was looking for a vacation. I just had never played the golf course. I was expecting different, to be honest with you. I had a different — I think what I imagined in my mind. I had never been here before, and I know they renovated it. I didn't see it beforehand, so now I just see what it looks like after. I just had a little different picture of the golf course in my mind.
Like I said, it's still very good, I've just pictured it differently. The green complexes I had — I didn't realize — you think of old, something that's been here for — I don't know when this club was started, but '20s, '28, so something that's been here for over 80 years, I don't imagine greens this size. Some of the slopes on the greens have a what I would consider somewhat modern feature to them. 17th green would be a perfect example of that.
So it's just not what I pictured in my head. I knew it would be a good golf course, I knew it would be tough, and it is definitely all of both of those. It's just probably a little different style than what I had projected in my head.
5:15 p.m. From the drop zone, Tiger hits it to about 15 feet. 5:13 p.m. Tiger hits his tee shot in the water on the par-3 17th. This is getting ugly. Good thing he only has two holes left. 5:08 p.m. Woods misses a 6-foot putt for par and makes bogey. He's now 1-over. 5:03 p.m. Reader and Golf.com style expert Justin Johnson with more on Rickie Fowler: I'll take the DL3 look on the golf course any day of the week. Classic look. I am Ricky's age, but have no desire to look like a skater boy on the golf course. Also, not all puma golf gear is as hideous at RF's. When Geoff Ogilvy was rocking the Puma gear, his stuff looked classic with a bit of modern thrown in. Agreed. Ogilvy always looks sharp, but Puma might have landed a real star in Folwer. BTW, I got a pair of Puma golf shorts at one of their outlet stores last week, and they're really nice. 5:02 p.m. Friend of the Blog Stephanie Wei of WeiUnderPar.com chimes in: Tiger looked like a 20 handicap on that shot. I was going to say, that warrants a club throw…and then they showed the replay and it got one. 5:00 p.m. After laying up with his second shot, Woods ends up in the right greenside bunker on 15. "Are you kidding me? From 83 yards?" Faldo says. 4:55 p.m. Vijay Singh just misses a birdie try on 14. He's even for the day. 4:50 p.m. Woods just misses the fairway on the par 5 16. "Oh, Tiger!" he yells. Somewhere Jim Nantz is covering his ears. 4:45 p.m. Nice up and down from Woods on 15. He's at even par, four shots back. 4:43 p.m. Woods overshoots the green with his second shot on 15. 4:38 p.m. Your co-leader Joe Ogilvie (4-under) is a fan of Philadelphia and Aronimink Golf Club.
I played with Ron Jaworski yesterday, so I mean, our galleries were a little boisterous. Philadelphia is one of the great sports cities, so it's certainly great to be here. Merion will go over fantastic for the Open obviously, but this is fantastic. This just looks like a big event.
Some golf courses look like they can hold big events. This is one of them. And I think the fans make it a big event.
But why should the Tour come to a huge, sports-crazed metropolitan area with some of the best courses in the world, when they can go to remote resorts like The Greenbrier in West Virginia, or play for two straight weeks in Dallas-Fort Worth? 4:34 p.m. Woods misses a 4-foot putt for par on 14. Bogey. Now even par. 4:33 p.m. If you took Nick Faldo out for a cheesesteak, I bet he'd pull a John Kerry and ask for Swiss cheese on it. 4:28 p.m. On the par 3 14th, Woods hits the green but has about a 50 foot putt for birdie. 4:26 p.m. Reader Shoshana writes: Also if DJ is a bomber what is Tiger? He's been right there with him off the Tee. So I guess we can all laugh at him next time he gets up there and starts talking about shrimping it out there. Hey, at a Tiger Woods press conference, you take your laughs where you can get them.4:23 p.m. Can we ban long-putters already? 4:18 p.m. Reader Brandon Johnson wants to talk Ryder Cup. Oh, yes, by all means. Let's talk Ryder Cup. I've got Tiger, Phil, Furyk, Kim, Stricker, D. Johnson as mostly locks. Looks like Kuchar and Glover will make the team. That leaves Mahan, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Ricky Barnes and Nick Watney competing for the four wildcards. Which of those, or maybe someone off the list, will be picked? Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson feel like locks for those captain's picks. I'd add Stew Cink to that list as well. In the past I thought Fowler was too inexperienced, but my colleagues Cameron Morfit and Gary Van Sickle convinced me that Folwer's putting would make him a good pick. What do you all think?
BTW, Tiger Woods is definitely, absolutely, 100 percent playing the Ryder Cup unless he has a terrible injury. Once I saw the Ryder Cup format in his new video game, I knew there was no chance he'd miss it. When it comes to Woods, follow the money. 4:16 p.m. Tiger Woods makes — you guessed it — another par on 13. I need to check the stats on Woods putting from 10 to 15 feet but it doesn't feel like he makes as many of these as he used to. 4:11 p.m. We've Rickie Fowler style debate brewing in the Live Blog. Reader Justin Johnson jeers: Hey Rickie Fowler: Paula Cramer called and wants her pink outfit back. Reader Michael Dew adds: Go GOLF!! Why does Ricky have to be Mr. Technicolor. At least 3 colors Ricky. Didn't he learn looking like an ex-con didn't work? I have to say, it's almost as if golf needed all the stories of the past year +. This is like Days of our Lives surrounding the sport I love! some good golf going on these days! I actually like Fowler's look. It's a lot better than the Dockers ad we usually see on Tour. What do you all think?
4:09 p.m. Tiger on the green again. Tee to green, he's been sharp today, he's just not getting the putts to drop. 4:04 p.m. Tiger Woods makes another par on 12, he's 1-under. Johnson gets back to even with a nice birdie putt. 4:02 p.m. David Toms is 11 for 11 in green in regulation today. Oh, and he's 2-under. 3:57 p.m. Reader Brandon Johnson asks: Mike, any early world on how tough St. Andrews will play? Pretty low scores the last two Opens there, I'd like to see it more challenging this time. Hard to say. It's a different golf course every day so it tests a player's shot-making and creativity more than U.S. tracks. Woods was pretty interesting talking about St. Andrews and why it's so challenging earlier this week.
Q. You mentioned St. Andrews is probably your favorite site for a major. Other than your success there, why is that? And do you feel that winning a major this year is important as you move closer to 18? TIGER WOODS: Well, as far as winning at St. Andrews, it's the greatest golf course in the world for me because I've always enjoyed it. I played there as an amateur. That was my first introduction to links golf was Carnoustie, Scottish Open the week before, and St. Andrews. It doesn't get any better than that as your introduction to links golf. I fell in love with it the first time I ever played it because I played it on a very interesting day. I played it when the tide changed right when I was at the turn, so I played all 18 holes into the wind. Absolutely fell in love with the golf course.
I've played there in the Dunhill Cup when it's been freezing, couldn't change the cups because the ground was frozen, hitting a sand wedge in the first hole, landed it on the front edge and it went over the green because the ground was frozen, wouldn't stop.
We've all played under different conditions there, and it's still a great golf course. It's one of the reasons why I love it so much. Q. Just to expand on that a little bit, do you recall what you were expecting when you first turned up at the Old Course and what your very first impression was? TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I thought it would be a little bit more narrow than it is. Getting on that 1st hole and seeing how wide it is, how wide every fairway is, but then again, once you start playing you realize it's not that wide. To get the angles you need to have into these flags, it narrows up very quickly. And then you add wind and where you need to put the golf ball to give yourself chance of getting the ball close, it gets really narrow. You can hit every fairway there and still never have a shot at a flag. And I think that's a pretty neat feeling.
3:55 p.m. Woods misses the green on 12 with an 8-iron and Nick Faldo brightens up. "Oh, they'll be words with Stevie Williams on that one." I've really come around to Faldo in the broadcast booth. 3:50 p.m. Tiger yells at his tee shot on 12 to "bite, bite." It stays in the fairway. Woods, Love and Johnson is about a long-hitting group as you'll find on Tour. 3:45 p.m. Woods just misses his birdie putt, still 1-under. Johnson pulls his putt and it runs about 4 feet past. He makes the comebacker, still 1-over. 3:40 p.m. Woods hits his wedge shot on 11 to about 10 feet. Johnson hits his even closer. Woods was sympathetic when asked about Johnson's Sunday meltdown at Pebble Beach. Funny, though, he couldn't remember doing anything like that personally.
Q. Is there anything you can or will say to Dustin after what happened to him Sunday at Pebble? TIGER WOODS: Well, it happens. And just because it happened doesn't mean that you can't ever win again. I mean, it happened to Mike Weir. I was playing not too far away from him at Medinah, and he shot 80 in the final round and came back and won the Masters. If he has the talent and the game to give himself that type of lead at a U.S. Open, there's no reason why he can't do that again and finish it off. It's just a matter of picking yourself up and doing it all over again.
3:34 p.m. Justin was right. After a par on 10, Woods absolutely bombs his drive on 11. Your tournament host has a short wedge into the green. Still 1-under.
BTW, DL3 ended with a PU7 on 10. Speaking of initials, who doesn't want one of these R2D2 knit hats? 3:31 p.m. Reader Justin Johnson writes: Aside from the one really bad drive and the following bad approach on #7, Tiger seems pretty ok today. Not a Tiger fan, but I think golf is better when he is around. Agreed. Woods looks more comfortable every time we see him. This is an important week for him. A good showing will give him some confidence for St. Andrews in a couple weeks. 3:30 p.m. Davis Love chucks a chip on 10, sends his next one way past the hole and leaves his putt short. The next season of the Hank Haney Project? 3:25 p.m. Sean O'Hair, who's actually a member here, shot 71 today. He had to stop his pro-am round yesterday because of a bad back. 3:24 p.m. Encouraging report Wednesday from Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck that Anthony Kim is recovering from thumb surgery and hopes to be back this month. Tournaments like this one miss AK's star power. 3:24 p.m. David Toms makes birdie on No. 9 — now 2-under. 3:20 p.m. The Aronimink course looks great and Philly loves golf, but don't expect the Tour to stick around after these next two years while normal host Congressional is busy with its duties hosting the 2011 U.S. Open, according to The New York Times.
Tim Finchem, the tour commissioner, gave his usual circumspect answer to the question by listing the barriers for those seeking a tour event: “One, is just date and availability; two, is marrying the market with a sponsor. Every potential sponsor has their own ideas about where they would like to play for a variety of reasons. I suspect third is golf course access.”
3:17 p.m. If you hear anyone in the media saying they know Tiger's net worth, they don't what they're talking about. Except for maybe sometime Golf Channel analyst and Friend of Tiger Notah Begay 3:14 p.m. Playing with Woods, Dustin Johnson makes birdie on 9 (now 1-over), and Woods makes par (1-under). 3:11 p.m. According to Faldo, Mickelson's not at home this week but in Asia for his golf course design business. Either that or he wants to bring 5 Guys Burgers and Fries to China. 3:08 p.m. Davis Love III plays what Faldo calls "a chunk and run" from off the green on 9. He's even. Love doesn't look cool enough for the nickname "DL3." I do like "G-Mac" for Graeme McDowell though. 3:04 p.m. Other big names on the leaderboard: Rickie Fowler (1-under 69), Rocco Mediate (even through 12), Vijay Singh (even through 8), Dustin Johnson (2-over through 8), Y.E. Yang (5-over 75). Not exactly murderer's row this week as most of the top Europeans are in France, and Mickelson's at home, but it should be a fun weekend. 3 p.m. Welcome to the Golf.com AT&T National Live Blog. The leaders (Arjun Atwal, Joe Ogilvie, Jason Day and Nick Watney are at 4-under) at Aronimink Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia. Tournament host Tiger Woods is 1-under through 8. We'll be here all afternoon so grab a Lager and a Whiz with and leave a comment below.