Tiger Woods put himself in far better position during round two of the Dell Technologies Championship, the second event in golf's FedExCup Playoffs,
Teeing off alongside Marc Leishman and Chez Reavie, Woods shot 66 and sits six shots back from the leaders. Find our round two shot-by-shot analysis below as Tiger continued to announce that he's well and truly back.
Hole 18, Par 5
Not the best drive of the day for Tiger but he's only missed two fairway throughout the round and he doesn't miss this one. He went into the hole in a tie for 20th and having drastically improved his position. A real chance to pick up some more ground here. But Woods gets unfortunate with the landing of his second, sending it scuttling off the green and leaving him with a tricky chip. A birdie is still in play, but he'll need to work for it. Tiger putts from off the green and is unable to get it close. Now he has a 10-footer for birdie and a 65. But NO! Another lip out and Tiger's head drops. A disappointing way to end but what a terrific round, no birdies and a 66. Par. 5-under thru 17. (4-under for the tournament). He is in the mix for the final two rounds, and we'll be following him there too.
Hole 17, Par 4
Another strong tee shot facilitates one of Tiger's best approaches of the day, pitching it to about eight feet for another chance to finish in fine fashion. More approaches like that, combined with his excellent driving, and we might have been looking at a remarkable score. Tiger steadies himself for the putt – and makes it! Another shot gained and what a day for Woods to make himself relevant in this tournament. There are a few names who might be looking over their shoulder over the next couple of days. Birdie. 5-under thru 17. (4-under for the tournament).
Hole 16, Par 3
Safely on the green on 16, but a long way from the hole and Tiger wears a look of dissatisfaction. Nicely judged putt from 34 feet gets him close. No problem from three feet. Par. 4-under thru 16. (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 15, Par 4
Another laser-guided missile off the tee and there is some real swagger about Tiger now. He'd love to be nearer the top of the leaderboard, but from a position where he looked in danger of missing the cut, this has been a terrific round. And it could get better. A crisp pitching wedge has him within eight feet and in with a shot at back-to-back birdies. And there it is…..NO! Woods' putt lips out, much to his disgust, and the momentum has the brakes put on it for now. Par. 4-under thru 15. (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 14, Par 4
A strong drive of more than 300 yards is followed by a solid second to the far edge of the green, leaving what should be a comfortable two-putt. Or….maybe not! A tremendous putt from 25 feet gives Woods birdie and leapfrogs him up the leaderboard, into a tie for 27th. It has been a really good day for Tiger and a good finish would set him up well for the final two rounds. Birdie. 4-under thru 14. (3-under for the tournament).
Hole 13, Par 4
A rare missed fairway as Tiger's tee shot is errant. His second lands just short of the green, but, putting from 31 feet, Woods goes a little long, leaving himself a tester for par. After Leishman misses from just inches away following a lapse in concentration, Tiger holds his nerve and hits the middle of the cup. Par. 3-under thru 13. (2-under for the tournament).
Hole 12, Par 4
Lovely tee shot once more, 310 yards down the right to leave him around 200 to the pin. His second lands close to pin high but bleeds all the way down to the collection area on the left. He putts it from there despite being 49 feet away and leaves it within three feet. That one gets knocked in and Woods is grinding his way through the toughest part of the course. Par. 3-under thru 12. (2-under for the tournament).
Hole 11, Par 3
Tiger headed to 11 filled with optimism and having climbed into a tie for 30th place. His strike off the tee is no good, though, falling short into the heavy stuff around the front right fringe of the green. He leaves himself work to do by lofting his second to 12 feet but then…oh my – Woods makes a tricky 12-footer look easy by stroking it in to stay bogey-free. That little piece of minor escapology might do more for his confidence than any of the birdies. Par. 3-under thru 11. (2-under for the tournament).
Hole 10, Par 4
He really enjoyed that one. A fine drive down the right was silky smooth and Woods reacted by snatching his club out of the air and strutting down the fairway. Clearly happy with his game off the tee, as he should be. And finally a second shot to match! Tiger floats it over the flagstick and spins it back to within six feet for a superb birdie chance. Sure enough, he rolls it in, and this is turning into a nice little round with plenty of potential. Birdie. 3-under thru 10. (2-under for the tournament).
Hole 9, Par 4
Another sweet drive down the right of the fairway and ideal position. Fun to watch. Another green in regulation, but then yet another two-putt despite giving it a decent run from 33 feet. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has finished at 2-over for the tournament, to give himself an outside shot at making the cut. Rumor has it that those two guys will be playing some kind of money round just after Thanksgiving… Woods hits the turn with mixed feelings. Par. 2-under thru 9. (1-under for the tournament).
Hole 8, Par 3
Grrr, that's annoying. Having just built up some genuine momentum, Tiger misses the green on the par three and now faces an uphill chip, and an uphill task for birdie. Oooh, that's nice, though. Flops it to four feet and knocks it in – danger averted, and on we go. Par. 2-under thru 8. (1-under for the tournament).
Hole 7, Par 5
Tiger just needs to take a look at playing partner Marc Leishman to see what his own round might have looked like. Leishman is 4-under on the day and is playing outstanding golf, with his approaches setting up make-able birdies. Woods makes another great drive, can he capitalize this time? Maybe. His second lands 35 yards short, and is followed by his best piece of short game play of the day, putting it within five feet for a tremendous birdie opportunity. CONVERTED! This is good stuff from Woods and he is starting to climb the leaderboard. The cut doesn't look anywhere near so scary now. Birdie. 2-under thru 7. (1-under for the tournament).
Hole 6, Par 4
Tiger smashes another one down the ideal right-hand line of the fairway, comfortably avoids the bunker and sees it drift into the center for perfect position. His driving game is on point. But an underwhelming second puts the ball 26 feet away in a definite case of misjudgment. Woods appeared to have feared his strike wasn't hard, it turned out to have had too much juice. Two putts again for an increasingly familiar story. Par. 1-under thru 6. (Even for the tournament).
Hole 5, Par 4
Tiger continues to hit it nicely and smacks his tee shot down the fifth fairway, then strides after it in trademark fashion. Now…if he can just get some putts to drop…. His second shot was inches away from being perfect, his iron just reaching the upper tier and staying there – fractionally shorter and it would have drifted down to the hole, just like that of playing partner Marc Leishman. From 28 feet, Tiger's downhill putt is wonderfully judged, but he gets seriously unlucky as it lips out. Basic tap-in but Woods knows he has left some shots on the table already. Par. 1-under thru 5. (Even for the tournament).
Hole 4, Par 4
Woods' tee shot reaches close to the front edge of the green and just shy of the bunker. A better chip lands close to the hole but drifts onwards, leaving a birdie putt that will test him. The putt misses to the left and Woods is deeply frustrated, knowing he had a chance to really start building something there. Par. 1-under thru 4. (Even for the championship).
Hole 3, Par 3
Tiger moves to the left side of the tee box and it pays dividends, a nice effort that flies over the front bunker and leaves him with a 10-footer for birdie. He lines it up and….it's in! Now we're talking! After a somewhat disappointing start Woods has gotten his round going and the gallery will hope for some fireworks ahead. Birdie. 1-under thru 3. (Even for the championship).
Hole 2, Par 5
After a slight delay, Tiger finds the left side of the fairway on the dogleg right par 5. He's looking at 256 yards to the hole now, which should be achievable. His second is nearly pin high…but it's to the left of the green and trickles down from the upper ridge. Not a bad spot, but if the radar had been straight it could have been so much better. It doesn't get any better, either. Tiger chunks his chip shot and leaves it woefully short and now faces a birdie putt of nearly 20 feet. A smooth birdie putt slips just left, and an opportunity to make some early headway eludes him. Par. Even thru 2. (+1 for the tournament).
A pair of amiable Englishmen top the leaderboard, with Tyrell Hatton and Justin Rose both in the clubhouse at 10-under. Hatton scorched the course with a superb round of 8-under, while Rose crafted his way around and beautifully negotiated the speedy greens. Mexico's Abraham Ancer is two shots back, followed by another Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood, and in-form Australian Cameron Smith.
Hole 1, Par 4
Tiger's opening tee shot flies 260 yards down the left side of the fairway, leaving himself in decent position with 106 yards to the flag for his second. He follows up by sending his second to within 18ft, leaving himself a lengthy look at a birdie. After some heavy scoring Woods knows that the cut line will likely sit at 1 or 2-over. The birdie putt gets a decent run but slides about two feet past, setting up an easy tap-in. Par. Even thru 1. (+1 for the tournament).
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