Golf: Woods in 'good spot' at tough Muirfield

World number one Tiger Woods reckoned Friday he was well positioned for an assault on the British Open and said others would struggle to match his score after two rounds of the British Open.

The 14-time major winner was tied for the clubhouse lead at two under halfway through day two on a Muirfield course where the sun-baked greens and fairways were treacherously quick.

"I'm in a good spot. These guys have to go out this afternoon and obviously play a golf course that's quick and it's drying out and with a different wind. So it will be tough out there," Woods said.

"It was difficult out there today," he admitted before batting away questions about his failure to win a major for five years.

"I'm not going to win every major I play in, but certainly I can try and put myself there. If I give myself enough opportunities, I'll get my share, and I think I have so far in my career," he said.

"I've put myself there, I just haven't won. I've had chances on the back nine on many of those Sundays," Woods added.

The 37-year-old three-time Open champion, who is still chasing Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors, said patience would be key over the weekend on this tough Muirfield examination.

"Just continue plodding along. Just continue being patient, putting the ball in the right spots," he said. "We're not going to get a lot of opportunities out there."