Tiger Woods shoots up leaderboard at Honda Classic on US PGA Tour

Arnold Nichols
February 25, 2018

Woods came within two of the lead on day two, but settled for a one-over-par 71 and at one over he sits four shots off halfway leaders Luke List (66) and Jamie Lovemark (69) at three under.

Tiger Woods (+1) also remains on the brink of contention after firing a one-over 71, while Justin Thomas (-1), Louis Oosthuizen (-1), Keegan Bradley (+1) and Jason Dufner (+1) are among the other notable players still in the mix.

Tiger Woods is on the prowl heading into the weekend at the Honda Classic.

However, he fell victim to the Bear Trap on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes, splashing a shot into the water, enduring back to back bogeys on 15 and 16 before dropping a birdie putt on 17. He was at 7-under 203. A terrific tee shot into the penultimate hole - like 15, a dicey par three - preceded crowd chants of "Tiger, Tiger".

Despite a disappointing par at the par-5 last the 14-time major victor was again pleased with his day's work as he heads to the weekend just four shots from the lead. That part, I'm going to have to learn. He was in control from tee to green most of the round and missed a number of mid-range birdie chances over the first 11 holes. "I don't know why it was so much harder, the wind wasn't as severe (as Thursday)". 10 and 12, sandwiched around a 12-foot par save.

Woods rebounded with a birdie on the following hole and closed out his round with five consecutive pars. "So that's one of the reasons why I started thing pretty far left and hit a pretty big cut in there because I had just too much stick".

For the first time in these three days, Woods actually seemed to be shooting a worse score than the way he was playing. He closed the day at one-over and a total of one-over 141 that put him in T-14th in extremely hard conditions. But his first putt went about 90 feet and he didn't make the comebacker. While the Weather Channel forecasts possible morning rain showers, which could make the greens a little more receptive, sustained winds of around 14 miles per hour are still expected to increase the degree of difficulty on tee and approach shots. He shot 78 Friday and missed the cut. "I feel that I can just get it around better, I don't need my best stuff to have a chance to win, it's just about being a bit smarter". At the par-five third, he hit his approach shot into a greenside bunker en route to a double bogey but it did not derail his game.

"So I took something off of it, kind of chipped a 5 in there and it worked out good and I hit a good putt". "Yesterday he hit one on this hole 346, which was the longest tee shot". Anybody can win this golf tournament right now.

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