February 28, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Woods shot a 1-under 69 Friday but barely made it to the weekend at PGA National. (Franklin/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- In a word, Tiger Woods' second round at The Honda Classic was a grind.
The same could be said for his season thus far. Woods missed the secondary cut at Torrey Pines and followed with a tie for 41st in Dubai.
Friday at PGA National, he struggled to a 1-under 69 to make the cut on the number at even par for the week. Because more than 78 players were at even or better, a second cut to the top 70 and ties will be made on Saturday.
"I would like to obviously hit it better than I have been, and especially (Friday)," admitted Woods, who hit just nine greens. "I didn't hit it very good today."
Even when he did find the green, Woods didn't give himself a chance. He had just one approach shot inside 20 feet all day.
Woods did have three birdies, but he needed every one of them just to make it to the weekend. The last one came on the par-4 13th, where he chipped in from just inside 45 feet.
Two years ago, Woods entered the weekend nine back of the lead before nearly catching Rory McIlroy with a 62 on the final day. This time, he's 11 shots back of McIlroy and his form hasn't looked close to the same.
"I fought out a number, which is always a good thing," Woods said. "Short game was spotty and now it's good again, so now just need my ball‑striking to come around.
"Somehow would like to put together a good weekend."