Tiger Woods goes 70-71 in his first 36 holes at the Honda Classic to put himself in contention entering the weekend.
We chronicled Woods’ second round shot-by-shot. Catch up with how he posted a 1-over 71 below…
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Hole No. 18: Par 5, 553 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:16 p.m. ET): You have to get the tee shot in the fairway for a chance at an amazing finish, and Tiger does just that. He launches a driver down the middle, about 290 out there. He can go for this green in two.
SECOND SHOT (5:23 p.m. ET): That was an *interesting* swing. Almost like a stunted recoil on the follow-through. Anyway, that one from 261 yards was always left. It ends up in a greenside bunker. Tiger will have plenty of green to work with from there. So he can definitely get this up and down for birdie.
AROUND THE GREEN (5:28 p.m. ET): Not his best. Tiger doesn’t quite catch this right and it rolls out to 20 feet short of the cup. It was a long bunker shot. Anyway, that’s his remainder for a second straight 70.
ON THE GREEN (5:34 p.m. ET): That one was left the hole way and runs a couple feet by the hole. No closing birdie, but Tiger does clean up for par. After a rough stretch at 15 and 16, Tiger salvages a 1-over 71 and is just four back.
Stats on the day: 8/14 fairways, 11/18 GIR and 28 putts
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over 71 (T-14)
Hole No. 17: Par 3, 182 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:04 p.m. ET): OK, the toughest and most dangerous hole on the course … and Tiger feathers a draw beautifully just short and left of the pin. That’s inside 10 feet, and he’ll have a great look at birdie. Make that and he’s back to +1 with a par 5 to close. That could be huge.
ON THE GREEN (5:11 p.m. ET): HUGE birdie. Tiger drains that one with perfect speed from 12 feet. On the course’s toughest hole. That was monumental. Now he could finish the day at Even Par if he can take advantage of the closing par 5.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 17 (T-15)
Hole No. 16: Par 4, 434 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:46 p.m. ET): With iron off the tee, Tiger leaves this one out to the left a little. It hops into the first cut we believe. It could be in the primary rough, but we think it’s first cut. Not a great swing, a bit defensive probably with the water right and the memory of what happened at 15. But he’s not in a bad spot.
APPROACH SHOT (4:50 p.m. ET): That was a really conservative play, but it might work out. Tiger was indeed in the first cut barely. But with that pin back right and water right, it was not one to mess with. So Tiger took a 5-iron from 196 yards and put the ball on the way left side of the green. He finds the surface on that left side and will have probably a 60-footer for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (4:58 p.m. ET): That was a 65-footer, and Tiger … did not judge that well. He put it out way left, and it didn’t take a lot of the break back because he hit it too hard. That ball ended up some 15 feet left and past the hole. He barely stayed on the green. That mid-range putt for par had good speed but leaked left at the end. That miss means a three-putt bogey. Tiger has gone +3 in his last two holes and now faces the toughest hole on the course.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 16 (T-22)
Hole No. 15: Par 3, 179 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:33 p.m. ET): Tiger makes a HUGE mistake. He comes up short and right, and that means water on 15. Yikes. Double bogey or worse could be coming after this one.
THIRD SHOT (4:35 p.m. ET): He headed to the drop zone, and from 115 yards Tiger had this one right on target some 15 feet short of the hole. He’ll have that mid-range putt left to save bogey. A double is demoralizing, but he’d still be fine. But a bogey here might allow him to go on to finish the day within a couple of the lead.
ON THE GREEN (4:41 p.m. ET): Tiger disliked that one immediately. It was always left and never had a chance. He taps in the remainder, but that’s a brutally-timed double bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 15 (T-16)
Hole No. 14: Par 4, 455 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:17 p.m. ET): Tiger with an iron off the tee. He goes low with this one, and that’ll work. It’s down the fairway and he’s in fine position. He’ll be a good ways back, but he’ll do so from the short grass.
APPROACH SHOT (4:20 p.m. ET): Tiger has 176 yards and goes 9-iron. That was a lot for 9-iron and it shows. Tiger comes up short and right. The ball actually has to hop forward just to reach the front of the right greenside bunker and it does. We’ll wait to see what Tiger’s lie is there, but he’ll have some green to work with from the sand.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:25 p.m. ET): Another piece of good touch from Tiger. He lands that about 10 feet short of the hole and gets it to check up quickly. It gets quick around the hole here, so that’s good, as the ball trickles to about 5 feet short of the cup. That upcoming for par.
ON THE GREEN (4:29 p.m. ET): Only perfect. He started it a little left and it breaks right into the center as it slows down. Another key par save.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14 (T-8)
Hole No. 13: Par 4, 388 yards
OFF THE TEE (4 p.m. ET): Tiger goes 3-wood off this tee and this one is well right. It was headed for some trees, so this will more depend on if he has a path from over there.
APPROACH SHOT (4:05 p.m. ET): He did have a way to reach the green, as he went over some trees from the rough. He got over those trees, but he doesn’t reach the green. Not sure where that ended up. Probably somewhere short.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:08 p.m. ET): Tiger was in the greenside bunker right of the green, and wow he almost holed that. It just missed the hole and ran about 3 feet by. He should save par after that nifty shot from the sand.
ON THE GREEN (4:12 p.m. ET): That’s no problem. Tiger rattles that 3.5-footer in the back of the cup for a par. He’s still two back.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 13 (T-8)
Hole No. 12: Par 4, 441 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:42 p.m. ET): Tiger goes slightly left off the tee here, but is just fine in the first cut of rough over there.
APPROACH SHOT (3:48 p.m. ET): Tiger begs the wind to play a role from this shot from 170 yards, but he had no reason to be concerned. This ball finishes inside 9 feet left of the pin. He judged the distance perfectly and will have 8’7″ for birdie. If he drains that, Tiger is within one.
ON THE GREEN (3:55 p.m. ET): Not sure what that was. Tiger was right on that the whole way, as the ball started right and then broke right. Maybe another misread. That’s another opportunity missed. But he’s doing just fine.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 12 (T-8)
Hole No. 11: Par 4, 445 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:25 p.m. ET): That was not a good miss. Tiger goes iron on this downwind par 4 and misses right. He’s in the rough, and this will be an interesting approach upcoming. Water protects all in front of and to the right of this green, and from Tiger’s angle he would have to carry the water from that rough to reach that surface. That could be risky. Depending on the lie, a lay up is possible.
SECOND SHOT (3:30 p.m. ET): Tiger goes for the smart, safe play. That lie was not good, and going for the green would’ve brought in a lot of risk (water, if he didn’t catch it right) with little reward (only a perfect shot would’ve been able to hold the green). So he laid up into the fairway. He’ll try to get up and down for par with a wedge.
THIRD SHOT (3:36 p.m. ET): Tiger hits a solid wedge that lands right of the hole and releases under it. He’ll have a 10-15 footer for par up the hill. This will be a good look to save par. By the way, the lead is now 3 under. So Tiger is currently just two back.
ON THE GREEN (3:39 p.m. ET): That. Was. HUGE. That 12-footer was pretty straight and held its line the whole way. The ball finds the cup for a huge par save and Tiger unleashes a spirited fist pump. He knows how important that was. After that impressive par save, he’s two back. This could be a big moment.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 11 (T-8)
Hole No. 10: Par 4, 493 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:08 p.m. ET): We’ve got driver for Tiger here, and … MY. GOD. He clears the right bunker, as he carried that 314 yards down the right side of the fairway and it rolls out maybe another 40 yards. His ball speed … 184 mph. What a drive. That’s some Tiger of old stuff.
APPROACH SHOT (3:17 p.m. ET): With just 127 yards in on this par 4 that’s almost 500 yards, Tiger goes AFTER this wedge and it’s a beauty. The ball lands about 5 feet short and right of the front-left pin and trickles to about 7 feet. He took the spin off that one, which was smart so that the ball didn’t zip right off the front of the green. Anyway, Tiger will have a great look for birdie and to get within two.
ON THE GREEN (3:22 p.m. ET): This one from 9 feet … that one was left from the start. Looked like a misread as the ball started left and then turned left. That’s a nice opportunity missed, but he made a long par 4 look like nothing. And Tiger is in total control in pretty windy conditions. This is getting really fun.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 10 (T-9)
Hole No. 9: Par 4, 423 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:51 p.m. ET): Tiger goes 3-wood again, and another beauty. This one finds the right side of the fairway and is in good position.
APPROACH SHOT (2:56 p.m. ET): He goes with a sawed-off 8-iron from 152 yards and this is a solid strike. The ball finishes a bit short and right of the hole, maybe 20 feet. It’s certainly not an easy putt, but he’ll have a decent look at birdie.
ON THE GREEN (3:02 p.m. ET): From 23’9″ … BOOM! That hit something and hopped but the ball does just get to the cup and dies in the center! That’s a birdie for Tiger and a 1-under 34. He’s in red figures, just three back and in the top 10.
Stats on the front nine: 5/7 fairways, 6/9 GIR and 13 putts. That’s some great stuff.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 9 (T-10)
Hole No. 8: Par 4, 423 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:34 p.m. ET): Tiger goes lower with the 3-wood off the tee, and this is a beauty down the left side of the fairway. It runs out some 30 yards, too. So he very well should have a wedge in from the fairway on this par 4.
APPROACH SHOT (2:38 p.m. ET): This one actually came from 151 yards and it’s a tiny bit long and left. But just a tiny bit. The ball lands in the first cut of rough just beyond the green and stays there. He’s about 15 feet from the hole, and we said first cut, so this is puttable. A decent birdie look from there.
ON THE GREEN (2:45 p.m. ET): Tiger’s speed on the greens has been great all round. This one comes out left, but it finished just past the hole. Even though that one never had a chance, because of the good speed, he left himself a tap-in for par. And that’s no problem. Tiger is closing in on the top 10 and just four off the lead.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 8 (T-13)
Hole No. 7: Par 3, 235 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:23 p.m. ET): Tiger goes high with this one and lands it on the front portion of the green and it runs to the middle. With the pin back-right, he’ll have about 30 feet for birdie. That’s a great result on a hole this tough.
ON THE GREEN (2:28 p.m. ET): Tiger had 22 feet for birdie and it looked like a good putt, but it finishes just left of the hole. Good speed means an easy tap-in. Another simple par for TW.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 7 (T-14)
Hole No. 6: Par 4, 451 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:02 p.m. ET): Tiger goes for a big draw with the driver … and he NAILS IT! He started that way right and curves the ball into the right side of the fairway. A great shot and really promising considering his massive struggles with that club. He should have a short-iron or wedge in, too.
APPROACH SHOT (2:10 p.m. ET): An interesting shot from Tiger. He misjudges the distance and goes over the green from 161 yards. But he went just over. The lie beyond the green is good but on a downslope. He has some green to work with, but not a ton. He’s only maybe 30 feet from the pin. This might be a tricky up and down.
AROUND THE GREEN (2:14 p.m. ET): Again, Tiger’s short game has no issues. He gets that to just land on the green and it bounces and rolls all the way to within a foot short of the hole. That was textbook. He has a tap-in left to save par.
ON THE GREEN (2:18 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6 (T-14)
Hole No. 5: Par 3, 204 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:52 p.m. ET): Tiger begs for this one to go, but it’s just fine. He finds the far left side of the green, actually near the water, but he’s safe. The pin is right, so he’ll have close to 40 feet for birdie. But on this hole, that’s a good result. And he left it in the right place.
ON THE GREEN (1:57 p.m. ET): Good putt from TW. He had that on line for a while, but that putt just trickles right and low as it nears the cup. The ball ends up just inches short and right, and it looks like Tiger thought he might make it judging on his disappointed reaction. He can feel disappointed, but that’s an easy par on a tricky hole.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 (T-16)
Hole No. 4: Par 4, 393 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:32 p.m. ET): Tiger goes iron off the tee, and this one is good. He likes this 2-iron, and with good reason. This lands in the middle and trickles into the right-center of the fairway. Position A.
APPROACH SHOT (1:38 p.m. ET): That one was pretty. Tiger knocks this wedge from about 115 yards to 8 feet right of the cup. He’ll have a great look at birdie here.
ON THE GREEN (1:44 p.m. ET): And we have a birdie! Tiger coaxes that one in. He birdies this hole for a second straight day. And after some rough shots early, he comes out of the first four holes with a birdie, a bogey and two pars.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (T-17)
Hole No. 3: Par 5, 538 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:10 p.m. ET): Another miss left for Tiger. This time it’s with driver and he’s in the pinestraw. There are a lot of trees in the way, so it’s likely a lay up. If he does happen to have an alley to the green, though, he could have a good enough lie to go for it in two.
SECOND SHOT (1:15 p.m. ET): He did have a good window and lie, but with 270 left into the wind, going for it would’ve probably been an unnecessary risk. Tiger smartly takes out an iron and punches out down the center of the fairway. He should have a simple wedge third.
THIRD SHOT (1:20 p.m. ET): Tiger had 96 yards from the fairway and … this one is on line but just a little long. But overall, he’ll have a 15-footer beyond the hole for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (1:27 p.m. ET): Tiger had that putt read right, but his speed was off. That ball was going to whip back left at the end, but because Tiger had too much speed, the ball hung out right and broke to the left past the hole. Overall, a good putt but too much on it. He ran that one 3 feet by but cleaned up for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 3 (T-23)
Hole No. 2: Par 4, 423 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:52 p.m. ET): Another iron off the tee, and this one isn’t very good. Tiger didn’t like this as he tried to saw this one off a little, and it goes left. We didn’t see the ball land, but it’s probably in the left rough.
UPDATE: As it turned out, that was very far left. Tiger was looking in the hazard for a while and almost didn’t find his ball. If that had happened, he probably would’ve had to re-tee. He did find his ball, though, in a plant in the hazard. He took a penalty stroke for an unplayable. So some bad happenings here, but he could’ve been hitting his third shot from the tee if he hadn’t found his ball in that plant because it seemed nobody could confirm it went in the hazard otherwise.
THIRD SHOT (1:02 p.m. ET): After a penalty shot for the unplayable, Tiger dropped in the rough. This pin is front left, so he had to play safe, and he did so well. Tiger puts this one just in front of the green on the right. He’s about 30 feet from the hole overall and just a yard or so off the green in the fairway. He has a good chance to get up and down and escape here with just a bogey.
AROUND THE GREEN (1:05 p.m. ET): That was ROUGH. That was a straightforward chip, but Tiger hit that too hard and rolls that maybe some 10 feet past. He needs to hole that to save bogey.
ON THE GREEN (1:07 p.m. ET): That is BIG. A very bad hole that Tiger somehow comes away with bogey on as he gets his putt to drop. Tiger frankly was lucky to avoid a big disaster here.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 2 (T-27)
Hole No. 1: Par 4, 356 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:37 p.m. ET): Tiger goes iron off the tee, as he should. And this one is right down the fairway. It’s not far out there, so we don’t think that was well-struck. But he’s in the fairway and should have a high-iron or wedge for his second shot.
APPROACH SHOT (12:41 p.m. ET): Tiger had 152 yards and this one is a bit long and left. Pin was front right, so he’s on the green. But Tiger has about 50 feet left for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (12:46 p.m. ET): That was just over 50 feet, and Tiger lagged that to about 3 feet. He rolled in the remainder for an opening par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (T-17)
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HONDA CLASSIC TRACKER
Here is the leaderboard at day’s end. Tiger is among the group at 1 over.