Feb
28
2014
Tiger makes progress…and the cut!
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
UGH
Tiger Woods flirted with the cut line throughout the second round of the Honda Classic. Starting the day at one-over, Woods needed to post a score under par if he wanted to play at PGA National over the weekend.

It looked dodgy for most of the day as Woods had a stretch on the back nine where his drives nearly ended up in different area codes. He ended up pulling it together — thanks mostly to his short game — but it wasn’t necessarily pretty. 

“It was a grind, there’s no doubt about it,” said Woods, who trails leader Rory McIlroy by 11 strokes. “I certainly grinded my way around this place today.  I didn’t hit it very good.  Just one of those days where I fought out a number, which was good.”

Tiger shot a one-under 69 for a 36-hole total of even-par. This was the first time he broke 70 on the Tour in 2014.

Woods, who said following the first round that he couldn’t get a feel for the greens, credited his putting as the reason he survived that scary cut line.

“I putted good today,” he said. “I made a lot of putts which was nice.  The putts that I hit, they had the right speed on them, so I wasn’t  I had a good feel for them today, which yesterday I was off.”

On the 11th, Tiger pushed a drive way off line and had to punch out of the woods (see what I did there?). He missed the green with his third shot, then hit his chip to about eight feet. For a moment, it looked like he was about to make a double-bogey on the difficult par-4, but he came through in the clutch and dunked in the putt for bogey.

“I was actually over the cut line, what, after the bogey at 11,” he said. “That was a hell of a bogey.  So, you know, I had a couple loose iron shots coming in, and it was just a grind.”

Oh, guess what? We get to watch the “Will-Tiger-Make-the-Cut” game again in the third round! 79 players made the 36-hole cut and on the PGA Tour, there’s a rule where if more than 78 guys survive to Saturday, then there’s a secondary cut — otherwise known as the “MDF.” As you may recall, Woods missed that cut in his last start in the States at the Farmers Insurance Open.

He’ll be searching for his long game over the weekend (well, at least for another day).

“Short game was spotty and now it’s good again, so now just need my ballstriking to come around,” said Woods.

But, in 2012 Woods started the final round trailing Rory McIlroy by nine shots and caught fire to post an eight-under 62, which was enough to give the young Northern Irishman something to think about for a moment.

“I would like to obviously hit it better than I have been, and especially today,” said Tiger. “I didn’t hit it very good today.  But again, as I said, I fought out a number, which is always a good thing.  Somehow would like to put together a good weekend.  We’re all bunched in there.

“Anything can happen this weekend.”

(Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)