Tiger Woods lines up a birdie attempt. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

On Friday, Tiger Woods was the golfer who was constantly one shot away.

With a decent tee shot, he could have scored on the 3rd, 5th, 9th and 18th holes. With better approaches, he might have had birdie chance on Nos. 8, 14, 15 and 16. With a steadier putting stroke, he’d have converted at the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 15th and 17th.

Of course, he didn’t. So after 36 holes at the U.S. Open, Woods is back where he started: even par staring down the capricious, unforgiving and majestic Pebble Beach Golf Links.

At seven shots behind leader Justin Rose, Woods is not out of striking distance, especially with two days to make up ground. But he’ll need to make the kind of shots that wowed patrons at April’s Masters, rifling through his "mental Rolodex” of the course, as he put it, to cut some corners and shave off a few shots.

Hole-by-hole updates

No. 9

Woods ended his round with another bogey to card a 1-over 72 that has him at even par through two rounds. He was in a bunker off the left with his tee shot then was short getting out and landed in the rough. His third shot was superb — out of the tall grass, over a ridge and within 20 feet of the pin — but he needed two putts to finish, giving him the bogey his first two shots deserved.

Woods’s score: Even.

Elsewhere: Justin Rose finished with another par to end his day with a 1-under 70 and move to 7 under through 36 holes. Jordan Spieth also parred his final hole for a 2-under 69 that put him 1 under overall. As Woods headed to the clubhouse, Rose was still the leader by two shots over Aaron Wise, who was through 36 holes, and three players who had yet to tee off for their second rounds.

No. 8

The par streak has been snapped — by a bogey. After a decent drive, Woods was short on his approach shot, then long on his chip to the green, and needed two putts to hole out. He’s officially out of Pebble Beach’s best scoring zone (and his day is almost over) with nothing to show for it.

Woods’s score: -1.

Elsewhere: Francesco Molinari looked like he was rolling with birdies on Nos. 4 and 7 that brought him to 5 under, but his day ended uglier than he’d like with a double bogey on the par-4 eighth and a bogey on the par-4 ninth. It wiped out an entire day’s gains and sent him back to 2 under.

No. 7

Fourteen straight pars. And a bunch of these aren’t par saves. They’re scoring chances when his birdie putts are too far, or makeable putts that go begging left or right.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Adam Scott is making a push with consecutive birdies on Nos. 14 and 15. He’s four shots back of leader Justin Rose at 3 under. Rose still has a two-shot lead over four golfers, three of whom have yet to tee off.

No. 6

Make it 13 straight pars for Woods. He left another putt too far right, and it bit him again. It wraps up a four-hole stretch in which Woods went birdie, double bogey, birdie, birdie during his first round. In the second round, it was par, par, par, par.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Pars all around. Rose, Koepka and Molinari all held constant. Spieth birdied to pull to 2 under.

No. 5

Woods’s tee shot carried a bit deeper on the par-3 No. 5 than he would have liked, which set up a manageable two-putt for his 12th straight birdie. He still has some time to make up ground on the leader Justin Rose, but he’s given away several great chances the past few holes and others in the field are starting to gain ground.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Francesco Molinari birdied No. 7, a par 3, to move to 5 under, two shots off Rose. Brooks Koepka is also surging with back-to-back birdies on No. 6 and 7 to pull to 4 under.

No. 4

Another missed chance for Woods. After Jordan Spieth made a birdie putt from the same downhill line, Woods pushed his birdie shot a smidgen to the right, and settled for par again, his 11th straight.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Rose sent his tee shot into the beach and took a drop down the fairway. His approach nearly struck the pin and bounced back toward the cup off the incline at the back of the green. It set up a comfortable par putt, but he’s starting to look vulnerable.

No. 3

Another par for Woods. A tee shot that ran long took him out of scoring contention right away, but his third shot — a putt from the apron in front of the green — was expertly taken and set up a cozy tap-in.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Reavie, five holes ahead, is rolling with back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17. He finished the day with a 1-under round of 70.

No. 2

Woods was all set up for a birdie that looked as though it could start him on a roll. His tee shot was right down the center of the fairway. His approach was aggressive and precise and within scoring range. But he stroked his putt a bit too fast and it stayed left. He settled for par.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Leader Justin Rose made up a stroke to climb back to 8 under. Chesson Hadley bogeyed the par-3 7th to drop into a logjam at 4 under with Scott Piercy, Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson and Chez Reavie.

No. 1 (Woods’s 10th hole)

Woods enters Pebble Beach’s scoring stretch needed to get more aggressive. He’s five strokes back of playing mate and leader Justin Rose. His par at the par-4 first was practically a birdie, because Rose three-putted for his first bogey of the day.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Time will tell if Rose’s first bogey gets under his skin, but he also went three-under on holes No. 1-9 yesterday. Chesson Hadley, three holes ahead, is two shots back at 5 under, as are three players who have yet to hit the course.

No. 18

Woods appeared dissatisfied with the length of his tee shot at the par-5 finishing hole, but it still landed squarely in the fairway and he laid back on his second shot to set up a pitching wedge onto the green. Missing his 20-foot uphill putt for birdie, Woods again settled for par, his eighth of the day.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Another up-and-down out of the bunker for Rose, but this time it was for birdie, his 19th one-putt of the tournament. He’s 8 under for the tournament and 3 up on the group behind him at 5 under.

No. 17

After both Rose and Spieth found trouble with their tee shots at the infamous par-3 17th, both of them short into the bunker, Woods knocked his tee shot onto the green within 14 feet. But his birdie putt missed to the low side and it’s yet another par and a first-nine score of 35.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Rose saved par to maintain his two-stroke lead on the pack at -5, his sixth par save in six chances out of the bunker for the tournament, but Spieth had to settle for bogey.

No. 16

Woods found his first real trouble of the day at the par-4 16, his approach going left of the hole into the rough. But his chip is plenty good enough and it’s yet another par.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Rose’s long downhill birdie putt ended up six-plus feet past the hole, but he was able to save par and avoid his first three-putt of the tournament. Spieth, meanwhile, scored his fourth birdie of the day to move back to 2 under for the tournament, tied with Woods.

No. 15

Not the greatest of approaches at the par-4 15th for Woods, who left himself with 32 feet for birdie. He judged the speed of the putt correctly but it slipped just past, leading to another par.

Woods’s score: -2.

Elsewhere: Rose left himself with just six feet for birdie and he drained it, strengthening his hold on the lead and moving to 7 under par, five strokes ahead of Woods. At 3 under on the day, Matt Kuchar has worked his way into contention, two strokes back of Rose, while two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka scored his first birdie of the day at his seventh hole to move to 3 under for the tournament.

No. 14

At the par-5 14th, which is playing as the easiest hole on the back nine for the tournament, Woods kept his tee shot and his second in the fairway, but his pitching-wedge third shot landed in exactly the wrong spot on the green and spun backward down the false front, back onto the fairway. Woods’s chip did the job and it’s another par.

Woods’s score: -2

Elsewhere: Spieth followed pretty much the same path as Woods but left himself a longer par putt that he missed and settled for bogey. Rose maintained his grip on the lead with a par.

No. 13

More steady play off the tee and on approach from Woods, but his 25-footer for birdie scooted past the hole. It’s another par, his 14th out of his last 15 holes dating back to Thursday.

Woods’s score: -2

Elsewhere: Spieth putted in from off the green, a 20-foot birdie that moved him into a tie with Woods at 2 under. The 2015 U.S. Open champion is 3 under for the day through four holes.

No. 12

Woods was the only one of the threesome to find the green at the par-3 12th, but his 26-foot birdie putt came up just short and he tapped in for par.

Woods’s score: -2

Elsewhere: It was another up-and-down par save for Rose, this time from the front bunker.

No. 11

This time, Woods gets it done: A solid tee shot leads to a nicely spun approach and a 10-foot uphill birdie putt that Woods converts. Chesson Hadley, meanwhile, scored a double-bogey 6 at the par-4 15th to fall out of a share of the lead.

Woods’s score: -2

Elsewhere: Spieth birdied his second straight hole while Rose got up-and-down nicely for par.

No. 10 (Woods’s first hole)

Starting off at the par-4, 495-yard 10th hole, which produced the highest scores of the first round but was playing easier Friday with a more helpful hole position, Woods sent his tee shot into a good part of the fairway and bounced his approach to within eight feet for birdie. But his putt didn’t have enough on it and it trickled away to the right. Woods starts with a tap-in par and some visible frustration at a wasted chance.

Woods’s score: -1

Elsewhere: First-round leader Justin Rose, playing with Woods, also parred his first hole while Jordan Spieth, the third member of the threesome, knocked in a putt for birdie. The main mover in the early going is Chesson Hadley, who’s gone 3 under through his first five holes to take a share of the lead in just his eighth career major (he’s made the cut in just one of them).

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