Woods in mix on PGA Tour

25 February, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Then the Bear Trap mauled the Tiger.

The fearsome triangle of the Par 3 15th, Par 4 16th and Par 3 17th have ruined many a round at the Honda Classic and, on Friday, it was Rory McIlroy who fell victim to the last of the three hole stretch when he wound up with a triple bogey six at the Par 3 17th. His 1-over-par score through two rounds has him hovering at fourth place.

"I just missed the rush of competing for a Green Jacket", he said on Wednesday of his injury-enforced absences. Overnight joint leaders Eddie Pepperell and Gregory Havret shot 69s to go to 10 under, and they were joined by Erik van Rooyen (66) and Stephen Gallacher (66). And the battle will continue as conditions will not ease on the weekend. He shot an even-par 70 at the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and found himself just three shots off the lead at the conclusion of his round. "Overall, it was a good grind out there". That's going to happen out here, and I'm really pleased with the way I've played.

The 14-time major victor was superb from tee to green at the hard PGA National course on Saturday, hitting nine of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation.

"It's a strong test out there".

It turned from wondering at week's start if Woods could make the cut here, after missing it last week at the Genesis Open.

"It was a good one", Woods said of the drive. He added, after his first round, that he "was close" to putting all his game together.

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"This is a hard golf course right now", Woods told reporters after Friday's round. He has opted to hit many knock-down, three-quarter shots to counter the wind. He gave a shot back with a bogey on the 16th hole after hitting his approach into a green-side bunker, making his turn at 1-under 34. I'm hitting the ball flush and on top of that, I'm really controlling the trajectory. "I just didn't make a good swing". Instead, he came up a yard short and into the water, made double bogey and shot 72.

Woods counts four Masters titles among his 14 major championships, but he hasn't played at Augusta National since 2015.

Woods watched Brandt Snedeker nail a 5-iron to a few feet at the 17th, but then the wind backed off. Getting some 15,000 people to quiet down proved almost impossible as Woods tried to figure out what to do.

The big moment was the 17th hole, 184 waters into the wind and over water. Woods hit 8 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens during the second round and needed 28 putts.

"I'm four back so I'm right in the ball game", said a bullish Woods, who for now shares 14th. "I've done that, and I'm right there with a chance".

Woods has now made the cut in two of his first three tournaments of the year. "Four back on this golf course with 36 holes to go, I mean, anybody can win this golf tournament right now".


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