Woods right on Players cut line after second-round 71

Woods right on Players cut line after second-round 71

Woods right on Players cut line after second-round 71

Woods was unable to get much going Friday at TPC Sawgrass, making two birdies and a single bogey to shoot 1-under-par 71 and then needing help to advance to the weekend. After opening in 68-66, the 33-year-old began in a three-way T2 on 10-under, five back of overnight leader Simpson.

Although he was able to extend his lead on Day 3, Simpson wasn't ideal, with bogeys at Nos.

"To be 8-under there through 12, realistically I probably could have got a couple more out of it and got to 10 for the day", Woods said. 8 and 14 wrapped around a birdie at the ninth and sand-shot eagle at the par-5 11th hole.

The 42-year old former long-time World No. 1 quickly lit-up the Florida course with four birdies in his opening five holes and had a huge crowd roaring with delight, and with the cheers being heard as far as the course vehicle parks. "I hit a lot of quality shots and 65 was probably as high as I could have shot today, which was kind of nice", he said.

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Speaking after his round in a video posted on the PGA Tour website, he said: "If you were to ask me: 'Could someone get to 19 under?', I would have said that would be really tough and the conditions have to be just right".

But an eight-foot birdie chance at the 16th lipped out and his shot to the island green 17th ended 43 feet away, although he tidied up in par.

For the week, he ranks first in fairways hit (34 of 42), second in greens in regulation (45 of 54) and first in strokes gained: putting, the latter being a telling statistic for a player who admits that his professional life took a bad turn when the anchoring ban took the belly putter out of his bag in 2016. But I'm trying not to dwell there.

Along the way, he sank three putts of 10 feet or longer a day after he made just one longer than six feet over 18 holes. His issues were the opposite of what they were on Thursday, which has epitomized his last three events. He attributed his lowest round, a seven-under, 65, at The Players Championship to a hot start after a great warmup on the range. "It's a hard golf course to press on", Poulter said.

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However, Woods has a little ground to make up to catch up to tournament leader Webb Simpson, who sits alone atop the leaderboard at 15-under for two rounds, which ties the record for the Players Championship. "I knew I had to be more aggressive today and I was able to convert". That was a month before he was sidelined with three more back surgeries.

On Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship, he played a birdie-free round for just the 11th time in his PGA Tour career.

But this is Simpson's show until further notice.

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