PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods won’t be joining Rory McIlroy for another Sunday game at Medalist. Woods’ weekend tee times will be at PGA National. He made the cut at the Honda Classic. Barely.
Woods shot a second consecutive 70 Friday to make the cut on the number. He was outside the cut line after a double bogey at the par-4 13th, but birdied the next hole to return to even par. He parred the final four holes.
“I didn’t quite have my game like I did yesterday,” Woods said. “I hit it much better yesterday, but I putted better today, so it all evened out.”
Woods and McIlroy played 36 holes at The Medalist Club in nearby Hobe Sound last Sunday after each lost in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play. McIlroy withdrew after nine holes Friday. Woods avoided a second missed cut of 2013. Woods and McIlroy both missed the cut in their season debuts at the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Woods is 3 over on No. 13 this week. He double-bogeyed the hole Friday after finding two bunkers.
He hit his 177-yard approach to 5 feet to birdie No. 14, then missed a 13-foot birdie putt at the next hole. He was in a bunker at each of the final three holes after missing multiple shots left of his target.
His tee shot with a fairway wood at the par-4 16th landed in a bunker left of the fairway. Woods’ approach landed in the left fringe, and he two-putted.
His tee shot at the par-3 17th went into a bunker beyond the green, but he blasted to 3 feet. He found another bunker left of the 18th fairway, and his second shot stopped on a downslope in the trampled rough near the grandstands left of the green. “I was contemplating just chipping the ball in the bunker and trying to get it up-and-down,” Woods said. “The water was in play. I had no grass, it was muddy and I had a downhill lie. I decided to try to pull it off.”
His pitch rolled 26 feet past the hole, and he two-putted for par. He’ll start the weekend nine shots behind rookie Luke Guthrie, the 36-hole leader. “I have to get something going here,” Woods said.
At least he’ll be at the Honda, unlike the World No. 1.