How it happened: Tiger's 62 gives him lead at Sherwood
Friday, December 6, 2013
A day after he struggled to get anything going on a difficult Sherwood Country Club layout, Tiger Woods seemingly had everything go his way Friday at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
Woods, who made just two birdies and shot 1-under 71 on Thursday, responded with 10 birdies en route to a 10-under 62 to take the second-round lead in his host event. The score tied the course record he set back in 2007.
First-round leader Zach Johnson is two shots back at 9 under while Matt Kuchar is solo third at 8 under.
Woods missed just one fairway and hit all 18 greens. When asked if there were any shots he was disappointed with, Woods replied, "Not many."
We followed every shot of Tiger's second round, as well as highlights from the other 17 players in the field. See how it all unfolded Friday at the World Challenge:
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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 444 yards
Final hole of the round for Woods, who has yet to miss a green in regulation today. A birdie here at the 18th would give Woods an 11-under 61 and a new course record.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds his 12th fairway in 13 tries today.
• Approach shot: Tiger finds his 18th green in regulation and will have a birdie putt for a new course record.
• On the green: Tiger two-putts for par to wrap up a 10-under 62.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 10 under through 18 holes (11 under overall)
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Hole No. 17: Par 3, 166 yards
Two holes left and Tiger leads by three shots over Zach Johnson.
• Off the tee: This one is right on line with the flagstick and the ball ends up about 6 feet in front of the hole.
• On the green: Tiger just misses his 11th birdie of the day.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 10 under through 17 holes (11 under overall)
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Hole No. 16: Par 5, 567 yards
Three holes left and Tiger has yet to miss a green in regulation.
• Off the tee: Tiger pounds his drive into another fairway.
• Second shot: Big cut here from Tiger and he reaches the green in two shots.
• On the green: Tiger has 40 feet or so left for eagle, and he just leaves it short. Easy birdie here for Tiger.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 10 under through 16 holes (11 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy carded a 9 at the par-5 16th to drop to 7 over, but he just got a shot back with a birdie at the 17th.
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Hole No. 15: Par 3, 189 yards
The course record here at Sherwood is 62, set by Woods in 2007.
• Off the tee: He's on the green, but he didn't like that tee ball as it carried a good 12 feet past the hole.
• On the green: The birdie putt doesn't drop, but Tiger still saves par at this tough par 3, which didn't yield its first birdie of the tournament until Dustin Johnson birdied a few of groups earlier.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 9 under through 15 holes (10 under overall)
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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 455 yards
Your new leader: Tiger Woods.
• Off the tee: Tiger uses 3-wood and puts his tee ball in the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger nearly flies this one in the hole, and the ball ends up 5 feet past the cup.
• On the green: Tiger send this birdie putt into the bottom of the cup.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 9 under through 14 holes (10 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Matt Kuchar's birdie at No. 11 moves him into a share of second at 8 under with Zach Johnson.
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Hole No. 13: Par 5, 568 yards
That was a big par save for Tiger as he was faced with a very difficult birdie putt. Scoring conditions have been much better today as 13 of the 18 players are currently under par on their second rounds.
• Off the tee: Another nice drive down the middle of the fairway for Tiger.
• Second and third shots: Tiger goes for the green with 3-iron, but blocks it a little right and finds a greenside bunker. The bunker shot is a beauty, and Tiger has just a few feet left for birdie.
• On the green: Tweet, tweet. Tiger notches his eighth birdie of the round, and this one gives him the solo lead.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 8 under through 13 holes (9 under overall)
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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 186 yards
Tiger now shares the lead with Zach Johnson at 8 under.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds the green, but it stays on the top shelf. He'll have a 30-footer or so downhill for birdie coming up.
• On the green: This is a tough one. Very tough. Tiger has to aim way left and hope the slope doesn't send the ball way past the hole. Not a bad effort, but the ball ends up 6 feet past. Tiger manages to clean up for par, though.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 12 holes (8 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Bill Haas is now 5 under, 6 under through 13 holes today.
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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 517 yards
Tiger continues to score here at Sherwood. He's finding fairways, hitting greens and, most importantly, making putts.
• Off the tee: Tiger pounds his drive down the middle of the fairway. He's only missed one fairway so far today.
• Second shot: Only a 4-iron here as Woods goes for the green in two. The ball lands very close to the hole before ending up 8 feet or so past. Eagle putt coming up.
• On the green: Very quick putt here and Tiger misreads it. He misses a little right, but taps in for birdie.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 11 holes (8 under overall)
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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 359 yards
Tiger has missed no greens in regulation and just one fairway so far today. Not too shabby.
• Off the tee: Tiger's drive is right down the middle.
• Approach shot: With about 50 yards left to the hole, Tiger gets his wedge shot to check up about 5 feet past the hole.
• On the green: Tiger drains his sixth birdie of the day.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under through 10 holes (7 under overall)
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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 422 yards
Five birdies and no bogeys through eight holes as Tiger gains ground on the lead.
• Off the tee: Tiger splits the fairway with iron.
• Approach shot: Another nice approach for Woods, who has about 10 feet left for a sixth birdie in nine holes.
• On the green: Tiger misses this birdie putt a little right, but saves par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under through 9 holes (6 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson bogeys No. 7 to drop back to 6 under while Kuchar birdies No. 6 to move to 7 under.
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Hole No. 8: Par 3, 228 yards
Tiger gets his fourth birdie of the day, at No. 8, and he's now three shots off of Zach Johnson's lead. Johnson just birdied the fifth hole to move to 8 under.
• Off the tee: Tiger lands his tee ball pin-high before the ball comes to rest about 10 feet past the hole.
• On the green: Another great read by Woods as his ball slowly rolls down hill, right to left, and catches the right edge of the cup before falling in the hole.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under through 8 holes (6 under overall)
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Hole No. 7: Par 4, 446 yards
Three birdies and three pars through six holes for Tiger, who has been solid so far today.
• Off the tee: Tiger hits another fairway.
• Approach shot: With 8-iron, Tiger lands this one about 15 feet left of the hole.
• On the green: It's closer to 12 feet and Tiger gives it a great roll. The ball catches the left edge and eventually drops. Birdie No. 4.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under through 7 holes (5 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson sticks his approach close at No. 6 and birdies to move to 7 under. He now shares the lead with Zach Johnson.
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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 422 yards
Tiger can't take advantage of the par-5 fifth hole, but he's still off to a good start.
• Off the tee: Another 3-wood, another fairway for Woods.
• Approach shot: Tiger puts this approach shot pin-high and about 15 feet right of the hole.
• On the green: The birdie roll doesn't fall, and Tiger has his third par of the round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 6 holes (4 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson eagles the par-5 fifth to join Matt Kuchar in second place at 6 under.
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Hole No. 5: Par 5, 531 yards
Tiger has three birdies in his first four holes of this second round. Now he gets another par 5.
• Off the tee: Tiger hits driver for the second time today and finds the fairway.
• Second and third shots: Tiger goes for the green in two and misses right. He has a difficult chip with the green sloping away from him, and his third shot ends up well past the hole.
• On the green: Tiger leaves his long birdie try and little short and taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 5 holes (4 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson chips in for birdie at the par-4 fourth hole to move to 4 under overall.
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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 456 yards
Conditions seem to be a little easier today than they were on Thursday, and the players near the top of the leaderboard, including Tiger, are taking advantage.
• Off the tee: Tiger finds the fairway, this time with 3-wood. The ball just stayed on the left part of the fairway.
• Approach shot: With his approach, Tiger sticks it close again.
• On the green: With about 2 feet left for birdie, Tiger sinks the putt.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 4 holes (4 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Birdies at No. 2 for both Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar, who move to 7 under and 6 under, respectively.
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Hole No. 3: Par 3, 198 yards
Birdie-birdie start for Woods, who had two birdies total in his first round.
• Off the tee: After missing this green on Thursday, Tiger finds the back of the green today. His ball ends up about 15 feet away.
• On the green: Great read on the birdie putt, but the ball ends up just short, and Tiger taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 3 holes (3 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Zach Johnson (6 under) and Matt Kuchar (5 under) both birdie the opening hole.
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Hole No. 2: Par 5, 531 yards
Much better start for Tiger today compared to Thursday, when he started his first round with a three-putt bogey.
• Off the tee: Tiger pulls out driver and puts a good swing on it. The ball goes a little right and into the first cut of rough, though.
• Second and third shots: Tiger going for the green with his second shot and the ball comes up just short of the green. He'll likely have an eagle putt coming up from the front fringe. There's about 30 feet left to the hole for Tiger as he sizes up his eagle putt. He doesn't like the roll, though, as he leaves himself some work to do for birdie.
• On the green: Tiger has a little less than 5 feet left for birdie and he gets the putt to drop.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 2 holes (3 under overall)
• Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson moves to 3 under after an opening birdie at No. 1.
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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 342 yards
Tiger in all black today sans for a pink polo under his black sweater. He's paired with Graeme McDowell today.
• Off the tee: Tiger goes with iron off the opening tee and finds the middle of the fairway.
• Approach shot: Tiger wedges to about 2 feet to set up a great birdie opportunity.
• On the green: Remember, Tiger missed a short par putt here on Thursday, but he sinks it this time around. Birdie to start for Woods.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 1 hole (2 under overall)
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