Woods stays solid as List, Lovemark lead

Woods stays solid as List, Lovemark lead

Javier Howell
February 25, 2018

Eventually, the cut fell at five-over and Lahiri made it comfortably and was tied 49th with the prospect of improving it over the weekend.

Woods was to sign for a 71, one over par, which leaves him four from the Honda Classic lead.

Tiger Woods followed Thursday's 70 with a 71 and was four strokes out of the lead, tied for 14th in his third PGA Tour event since returning from a fourth back surgery.

This was certainly the best he looked driving the ball all week, and his approach play also appeared to be at its best all week for most of the round.

Woods was consistent for most of the round, tallying 13 pars and just one bogey. I'm right where I can win a golf tournament.

And he has plenty of company. As it stands, he's now four shots back of solo leader Rory Sabbatini, who is two under through four holes and four under for the tournament. He sank a 19-footer to save par on the 12th hole.

For the first time in these three days, Woods actually seemed to be shooting a worse score than the way he was playing. "It's good, though. These are the toughest test in golf". There are a handful of players in better form and ranked in the OWGR top 50 who went home Friday night. Whether you shoot two 80s or you lead after two rounds, you can see what you need to do and see where your game is.

His work around the greens remained solid, but his putter was definitely just lukewarm for most of the day. Defending champion: Rickie Fowler.

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Tiger's iron game was strong as well, as he found 11 of 18 greens with his "stellar" play, said Chamblee. "I'm really pleased with the way I played".

"This golf course is winning so far this week", said List. After escaping the dreaded Bear Trap, Tiger drained a four-foot par putt to cap an adventurous day and get into contention heading into the weekend.

Making back-to-back starts on the PGA Tour for the first time since August 2015, Woods only hit half of the 14 fairways but scrambled well to equal his best opening round at PGA National.

"It was barely light when we teed off, and it was a twosome, so we kind of had to pace ourselves so we wouldn't be waiting too much", List said in an interview on PGATour.com. "It's going to be that type of week".

Woods hit his tee shot on the par-3 15th hole into the water, and took a double bogey when his bogey putt slid left of the hole. Everyone knew it just from listening to the roars. It really is hard to make birdies. He misread the speed and the line, so badly that it was similar to a vehicle driving from Chicago to Denver and winding up in Phoenix. It cost him a bogey, ending his bogey-free run on the day. Woods has routinely commented on the sand on the putting surfaces preventing players from spinning the ball, and almost every player has mentioned how hard the greens have become as the week has progressed.

For Woods, it may be the start of something bigger than he is used to as the Tour heads toward its Florida swing.

It landed 12 feet below the hole for a birdie putt.

Except for the tee shot on the 15th and the first putt on 16, that is. He felt the same way as Woods.