Tiger improves in Round 2 at The Open, but still misses cut
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Tiger Woods played significantly better on Friday at the Open Championship, but the three-time winner's round of 70 won't be enough for him to play the weekend at Royal Portrush.

Woods put himself in a major hole with an opening-round 78, and despite converting four birdies on Friday to finish at 6-over after Round 2, it doesn't appear he'll make the projected cut of 1-over par.

The 43-year-old seemed healthier and more energetic than in Thursday's round, after which the 15-time major champ said he was sore and needing treatment. Woods curled in a birdie on Friday's first hole, which was a welcome sight considering he made just one throughout his entire opening round.

The good vibes continued with another birdie on No. 6, but a bogey on the par-5 seventh saw Woods finish the opening nine with a 1-under 35. Back-to-back birdies to start the closing stretch offered hope for a run toward the cutline, but the Masters champion couldn't muster anything further in cold and damp conditions.

It was a round that provided signs of encouragement after Thursday's debacle. But in the end, Woods will miss the cut for just the third time in 21 starts at The Open.

Tiger improves in Round 2 at The Open, but still misses cut
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