- When Tiger Woods arrived at the beginning of the Champions Course's Bear Trap, the famous three-hole stretch of mean, green and plenty of water, he stood two shots out of the lead in Friday's second round of the Honda Classic. He was at 7-under 203.
Not only did List post the best round of the day at four-under par, but he did so on the strength of a bogey-free back nine. He birdied five of his first 13 holes playing in a twosome with Thomas Pieters and was off the course more than five hours before the players in the afternoon wave finished their second rounds.
But unlike the first two events of his 2018 comeback from spinal fusion surgery he underwent previous year, Woods will enter the third round at Palm Beach Gardens well in contention. "I don't' see it going backward from here".
McIlroy was left to rue a triple bogey on the 17th hole which saw him plummet down the leaderboard while Shane Lowry was the only other Irishman to make the cut at the event. I guess the greens are getting a little fast, so that's one thing.
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Woods rebounded with a birdie on the following hole and closed out his round with five consecutive pars.
They were roaring for Woods, who was faced with the unenviable task of hitting one of the toughest tee shots on the course, a 185-yard approach over a pond into a howling wind.
"So, no one is going to go anywhere out there as it's just too hard right now for someone to gout and and shoot a 63 or something like that and put themselves pretty far ahead. It's hard to make putts out here". Through the first 14 holes, Woods challenged for the lead. The only two-time victor on Tour this season shot an 8-over 78 to miss the cut at 12-over.
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. "He hit some nice shots and rolled in some nice putts". He totaled 16 (of 28) fairways and 21 greens in regulation, overshadowing four birdies with nine bogeys and a double, and ranked 125th in SG: Putting (-2.903).
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri carded three bogeys in a span of four holes towards the end of his second round but eventually made the cut. This is a flawless golf course for him. "I'm starting to really get a feel for scoring again and scoring in tournaments, and today was a day that I'm very proud of because I missed the ball in the correct spots".