Luke List took advantage of an early tee time Friday morning in the second round of a blustery Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. One, the wind was blowing pretty hard.
The hole had already claimed 37 water balls by the time Woods arrived at the tee and boasted a scoring average of four, higher than the par-4 first. He went on to par the next four holes and birdied the par-4 ninth to make the turn at a 1-under 34.
Defending US PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas shot a two-over 72 to be at one under, alongside Thomas Pieters (70), Louis Oosthuizen (72) and Daniel Berger (72).
As for the three other Baylor School graduates on the PGA Tour, Harris English (74) will play the weekend after finishing 5 over through two rounds to make the cut on the number, but Keith Mitchell (78) and Stephan Jaeger (76) were 9 over and 15 over, respectively. Only 10 players are under par through 36 holes. "You know, four [strokes] back on this golf course with 36 holes to go, I mean anybody can win this golf tournament right now". Defending champion: Rickie Fowler.
Woods hasn't won since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, a World Golf Championship, but he survived a tough first two days.
Woods made a double bogey at that hole and another at 16, but a birdie at the 17th saw him into one over.
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.More news: More Evidence That iPhone X Demand Is Underwhelming
"It's kind of irrelevant because there's going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead", List said. "I had to hit a lot of knock-down shots, I had to work the golf ball both ways and occasionally downwind, straight up in the air". "It's going to be that type of week". However, one thing was missing: a long birdie putt.
Earlier, Woods had produced his finest concerted spell of golf for years as fairways were found easily and putts rolled in a manner which belied treacherous greens. At 11, he rolled in a 12-foot par-saving putt and he got up and down for par from greenside bunkers at 13 and 14.
Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the unsafe 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt.
For Woods, it may be the start of something bigger than he is used to as the Tour heads toward its Florida swing.
"I thought 5 [iron] is too much, but I can't get 6 there", Woods said.
It landed 12 feet below the hole for a birdie putt. A three-putt bogey on the par-4 16th was next, but Tiger rebounded with that birdie on 17, surrounded by water and the track's most hard hole.