Tiger Woods managed to go deeper under par Friday at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, shooting 2-under 68 at Monterey Peninsula. While it’s a step in the right direction, Woods called the round just “decent,” saying he couldn’t make enough birdies. Monterey Peninsula is considered the most scoreable of the three courses in this week’s rotation.
Woods had four birdies and two bogeys on the day, but struggled more with his putter in the second round than he did in the first. He had 33 putts Friday compared to 28 in the first round.
Review the shot-by-shot account of Woods’ second round, provided by our staff on the ground in Pebble Beach:
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No. 18, Par 4, 381 yards
Pin location: 24 paces from the front and five from the right
Tiger hits a stinger iron from the tee that lands in the fairway. He lands his second shot on the green, 15 feet left of the hole. He’ll have a downhill, right-breaking putt to go one more shot under par.
He misses the birdie attempt left, but makes his 2-footer for par.
Tiger on the day: 2-under 68 moves him to 6 under entering the weekend.
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No. 17, Par 4, 430 yards
Pin location: 15 paces from the front and five from the left.
With two holes to play, Tiger chooses driver again and puts it in the middle of the fairway. A horn blew after Tiger’s shot – which he thought was to halt play – but it was only an air horn from somewhere nearby.
Tiger hit the green with his approach, spinning the ball back to 10 feet short of the hole. He’ll have a left-to-right breaker for birdie.
Tiger hangs the putt on the left edge and taps in for par.
Tiger on the day: 2 under (thru 17 holes; 6 under for the tournament)
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No. 16, Par 4, 500 yards
Pin position: 15 paces from the front and five paces from the left
At the lengthy par 4, Tiger pulls driver and knocks it into a fairway bunker on the left.
He goes from one bunker to another, and will have about 75 yards left on his third shot.
Tiger hits the green and spins it back, about 18 feet away for par. He misses the putt and has about three feet left for bogey. He makes it to minimize the damage.
Tiger on the day: 2 under (thru 16 holes; 6 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Charlie Wi is running away from the pack a bit, moving to 13 under, three shots clear of Ken Duke and four shots clear of Dustin Johnson and Danny Lee.
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No. 15, Par 4, 415 yards
Pin location: 30 paces from front and six paces from left
Tiger has now hit a stretch of four par 4s to finish his round, three of which would be considered short.
He hits a “stinger” with an iron and hits the right side of the fairway.
Tiger’s approach shot hits the green and he’ll have 20 feet uphill for birdie.
Tiger’s birdie putt is way offline and comes to rest about seven feet left of the pin. He makes it to save par.
Tiger on the day: 3 under (thru 15 holes; 7 under for tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Charlie Wi has opened a two-shot lead over Dustin Johnson and Ken Duke, moving to 12 under. Meanwhile, Vijay Singh has ended his round and is in the clubhouse at 8 under after a 4-under 68.
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No. 14, Par 3, 190 yards
Pin location: 15 paces from front, five paces from right
The last par 3 of the day (there are 5 at Monterey Peninsula), Tiger hits another green and will have about 20 feet for birdie.
He just misses the left-to-right putt and settles for a solid par.
Tiger on the day: 3 under (thru 14 holes; 7 under for the tournament)
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No. 13, Par 4, 401 yards
Pin location: 20 paces from front, four paces from left
Tiger takes fairway wood off the tee and puts it in the fairway and the short par 4.
Tiger hits the green on his approach, but is about 25 feet away from the pin.
He gives the birdie putt a good run, but it stops under the hole and he taps in for par.
Tiger on the day: 3 under (thru 13 holes; 7 under for tournament)
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No. 12, Par 5, 599 yards
Pin location: 21 paces from front and five paces from right
The ocean is alongside the right side of the fairway, and Tiger takes 3-wood at the last par 5 of the day and puts it on the left side of the fairway.
He lays up with his second shot and has about 75 yards to the pin. He puts that shot to within 2 feet and is staring at another birdie.
With a light drizzle starting to fall, Tiger picks up the birdie to move closer to the leaders.
Tiger on the day: 3 under (thru 12 holes; 7 under for the tournament)
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No. 11, Par 3, 176 yards
Pin location: 17 paces from front and 12 paces from left
Tiger’s tee ball comes up about 20 feet short of the cup and will have a lengthy birdie attempt.
Tiger gives the downhill putt a run, but it just misses and he settles for another par.
Tiger on the day: 2 under (thru 11 holes; 6 under for tournament)
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No. 10, Par 5, 544 yards
Pin location: Six paces from front and four paces from right
Tiger hits the fairway at the second par 5 of the day, and has about 257 yards into the wind to reach the green.
Tiger uses 3-wood from the fairway and it flails left. It hits a guy wearing a Giants jacket, short of the green. He walks up to the gallery and everyone is OK, and simply apologizes for the wayward shot.
Tiger’s third shot is a flop and it lands short and runs across the front of the green and up against the rough, his first missed green of the afternoon.
Tiger two-putts to pick up a par.
Tiger on the day: 2 under (thru 10 holes; 6 under for tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson and Charlie Wi are tied at 11 under, two shots better than Kevin Na, Danny Lee and Ken Duke.
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No. 9, Par 3, 224 yards
Pin location: 36 paces from front and 10 paces off the right
Tiger hits his tee shot to six feet, but sees his birdie putt miss on the right edge and he has to settle for par.
Tiger on the day: 2 under (thru 9 holes; 6 under for tournament)
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No. 8, Par 4, 454 yards
Pin location: 25 paces from front and eight paces from left
Tiger takes 3-wood off the tee and hits a draw right into the fairway.
He puts his approach shot short and left, sticking the club into the ground too far. He shook his hand a bit after his swing.
From 39 feet for birdie, Tiger misses right and leaves about five feet for par. He slides it in to save par.
Tiger on the day: 2 under (thru 8 holes; 6 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: The leaderboard is changing rapidly, as Charlie Wi has moved back to 11 under and holds a one-shot lead over Kevin Na, while Dustin Johnson, Danny Lee and Ken Duke have fallen back to 9 under.
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No. 7, Par 3, 226 yards
Pin location: Middle of the green, 17 paces from the front
Playing the first of three par 3s over the next five holes, Tiger puts on a black sweater before taking to his tee shot.
Tiger puts his tee shot under the hole and within 12 feet for birdie. He makes the putt and picks up his second-straight birdie.
Tiger on the day: 2 under (thru 7 holes; 6 under for tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Ken Duke has moved to 10 under (he is 2 under on his round) to make it a four-way tie atop the leaderboard.
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No. 6, Par 5, 548 yards
Pin location: Nine paces from the front and five paces from the right
Tiger and his group will have about a 20-minute wait on the tee as the two groups in front of them clear out.
After the delay at the front-nine’s only par 5, Tiger pulls driver for the first time on Friday and hammers it into the middle of the fairway.
Using 3-wood, Tiger goes after the green in two and pulls off a great shot, landing on the green near the hole with the ball going up a slope and then back down it to settle about eight feet from the hole for eagle.
He misses the eagle putt left, but taps in for birdie to move back into red numbers on the day.
Tiger on the day: 1 under (thru 6 holes; 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson has moved into a tie for the lead, picking up a birdie at Spyglass Hill and is at 10 under. Charlie Wi dropped a shot to move back to 10 under.
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No. 5, Par 4, 349 yards
Pin location: 11 paces from front and four paces from left
Tiger takes an iron off the tee at the short par 4 and cuts it into the fairway. With Nos. 5 and 17 crossing at Monterey Peninsula, Bill Murray’s group had to wait on Tiger’s group to tee off.
From the right side of the fairway, Tiger puts his approach shot above the hole and will have about 10 feet for birdie.
With a slick birdie putt down the hill, Tiger misses and it runs past by about four feet. He makes it for a par.
Tiger on the day: Even (thru 5 holes; 4 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Kevin Na has moved to 9 under (he is 3 under for the day), Hunter Mahan has moved to 8 under (he is 3 under for the day) and Aaron Baddeley is now at 7 under (he is also 3 under for the day). The lead is now at 11 under, with Charlie Wi moving out front.
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No. 4, Par 4, 401 yards
Pin location: 28 paces from the front and six paces from the right
There is a definitive breeze in your face as you turn toward the ocean on the fourth tee.
With a fairway wood in hand, Tiger tires to cut it and it draws a little instead and finds a bunker on the right, his first missed fairway of the day.
Tiger hits it a bit heavy out of the bunker and he isn’t happy about it, slamming his club into the bunker after contact. The ball does find its way onto the green despite Tiger’s frustration.
Why was he frustrated? He faced a 60-foot uphill birdie putt, which he raced about 8 feet past, setting up a long par putt. He misses on the left edge and picks up a bogey.
Tiger on the day: Even (thru 4 holes; 4 under for the tournament)
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No. 3, Par 3, 155 yards
With a slight breeze from the left, Tiger hits the green and is five feet left of the pin. (Pin placement is 22 paces from the front and five paces off the right side)
The birdie putt takes a u-turn around the cup and Tiger has to settle for a disappointing two-putt par.
Tiger on the day: 1 under (thru 3 holes; 5 under for the tournament)
Elsewhere on the course: Co-leaders Charlie Wi and Danny Lee have both moved to 10 under early in their rounds.
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No. 2, Par 4, 391 yards
Tiger takes fairway wood off the tee and puts it in the fairway at the short par 4.
Tiger has a slight downhill lie, on the side of a small hill for his second shot.
From 121 yards out, Tiger hits another green in regulation and will be putting for birdie again.
From 30 feet, Tiger misses the birdie putt on the right edge and has about two feet coming back. He taps it in for par.
Tiger on the day: 1 under (thru 2 holes; 5 under for tournament)
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No. 1, Par 4, 454 yards
With a light breeze in his face, Tiger thinks about pulling driver, but opts for 3-wood and he cuts it into the right side of the fairway.
With a tree blocking a clear path to the green, Tiger has to play a big cut shot to get on the putting surface.
He takes the approach shot over the left edge of the tree and lands on the green, setting up a birdie attempt from only five feet, his most impressive shot of his first 19 holes.
He sinks the putt to start with a birdie for the second straight day.
The group is a bit behind after Arjun Atwal has to take an unplayable and go back to hit another tee shot.
Tiger for the day: 1 under (thru 1 hole; 5 under for the tournament)
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Tiger – wearing a black shirt and black pants, accompanied by a white hat – is actively working with swing coach Sean Foley on the range, about 20 minutes before teeing off on No. 1 at Monterey Peninsula.
Elsewhere on the course: Hunter Mahan has started his round hot, moving to 7 under with back-to-back birdies to start his round at Pebble Beach.
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Round 1: Tiger’s 68 at Spyglass
Tiger Woods fired an opening 4-under 68 on Thursday and sits five shots back of three players, including Dustin Johnson. Check out how Tiger’s round broke down with our hole-by-hole Tiger Tracker. Click here for the story.
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Hangin’ with Tiger
Golfweek was granted exclusive access to Tiger Woods last week and had a chance to sit down and talk to him about his legacy, which taps into the new “Legacy Challenge” mode in the 2013 EA Sports PGA TOUR Tiger Woods game, slated for release in late March.
• Check out our exclusive video of Tiger, where he answers everything from what he remembers as a child to how he expects to keep on building his “legacy.” Check out the video here.
• Also, check out our story on our time with Tiger, as well as cool screen grabs from the new EA Sports game. Click here for the story.
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Tiger back at Pebble Beach
• Odds-on favorite: Our Alex Miceli says that Tiger Woods is the oddsmakers favorite this week. Check out our weekly PGA Tour odds column.
• Star attraction: The attention of the golf world is back on the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, mostly thanks to Tiger Woods returning to one of his favorite venues. Check out the commentary here.
• Fantasy Tip Sheet: Tiger is the pick of two of our fantasy panelists. One of his biggest foes is also getting some love. Check out our fantasy tips here.
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The start of a beautiful rivalry?
Our Alistair Tait opines that Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are previewing what a friendly rivalry could do for the game of golf. Some of today’s biggest names feel that McIlroy is the only player out there that has the talent to challenge Tiger’s former dominance. Meanwhile, Tiger seems to be finding his form that could help him extend some of those untouchable records. Regardless, there is “major” intrigue. Column.
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Tiger in Abu Dhabi
Our Jim McCabe’s feature story on where others feel that Tiger’s game is at and whether or not 2012 could be a return to old form. Check out that story here.
Our Alistair Tait also caught Tiger’s press conference on Tuesday, and left unimpressed, opining that Tiger needs to open up more about golf-centric questions. Read that story here.
Jim McCabe questions why people would criticize Tiger for playing in Abu Dhabi because he was paid an appearance fee. Check out his tongue-in-cheek column here.