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March 1 2013

5:24 PM

Woods unable to find rhythm

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Different day, same result. But not necessarily the same feeling for Tiger Woods.

"Well, I didn't hit it anywhere near as good as I did (Thursday)," Woods said after shooting even-par 70 for the second straight day. "I didn't have it today."

Woods, who finished second here a year ago, hit just six fairways and 11 greens on a cool afternoon at PGA National. He had four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey, leaving him just inside the cut line and nine shots off the lead.

The day certainly started more promising than it ended for Woods.

On the fourth hole, he rolled in a 14-footer for birdie then added another on the par-3 fifth after hitting his tee shot to 6 feet.

Woods gave the birdies back, however, with back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 6 and and 7 before bouncing back with a birdie on No. 9.

On the 13th, Woods found a fairway bunker before hitting into a greenside bunker en route to making double bogey.

It briefly left him on the outside looking in for the cut, but he bounced back with a birdie one hole later.

"I had it going early and then I would lose it," Woods said.

The par-5 18th was a microcosm of Woods day. Hitting 5-iron from what Woods called a "perfect lie" in a fairway bunker, he jerked the shot left and into the gallery, where he failed to get up and down and had to settle for par.

A year ago, Woods eagled the 18th to cap a final-round 62.

"Best shot I hit all day, off that lie, muddy, no grass, downhill lie and water," Woods said. "Then I have a pretty simple up‑and‑down."

And a not so simple climb awaiting this weekend.

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