Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' second-round 71 at The Players

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Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' second-round 71 at The Players

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Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' second-round 71 at The Players

Tiger Woods opened the 2018 Players Championship in even-par 72, six shots worse than the leaders but also seven better than his playing competitor Phil Mickelson.

Follow Woods’ second round alongside Mickelson (7 over) and Rickie Fowler (2 over) Friday at TPC Sawgrass with our Tiger Tracker live blog:

No. 9: Par 5, 583 yards

Off the tee: Looking more and more like 1 under will be enough to make the cut, but Tiger will want to birdie this one just to be safe. Woods misses the fairway left and will have to lay up.

Second and third shots: Woods lays up and will have a wedge into this front hole location from 100 yards. Not a great wedge here, but Tiger will have a putt, even if it’s from 30 feet.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Two-putt par.

Tiger’s group: Fowler (+1), Mickelson (+8)

No. 8: Par 3, 237 yards

Off the tee: Tiger hasn’t been able to hit anything close on this back nine. This one lands 42 feet away.

On the green: Oh my! Tiger nearly makes it as the ball catches a lot of that right edge. After the lip-out, Tiger makes par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 17 (1 under for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (+1), Mickelson (+7)

No. 7: Par 4, 451 yards

Off the tee: Another fairway hit for TW, this time with 3-wood.

Approach shot: This one doesn’t find the green, but it’s just short. He could make this chip.

Around the green: Just 20 feet left and Tiger doesn’t chip it but rather putts it. The fairway cut slows down this one as the ball dives right about 2 feet short of the hole.

On the green: Tiger cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 16 (1 under for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (+1), Mickelson (+6)

No. 6: Par 4, 493 yards

Off the tee: Another iron and another fairway. That’s seven today.

Approach shot: Another poor wedge. This one lands well past the hole and bounces even more past – and left.

On the green: Tiger has 40 feet left for birdie and he lags it close to set up a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 15 (1 under for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (-1), Mickelson (+5)

No. 5: Par 4, 471 yards

Off the tee: With the cut line trending toward 2 under, Tiger probably needs another birdie to be safe. If he can par his next four, he’ll have a good chance to get it at No. 9. Tiger hits 3-wood and is in a very similar spot to Thursday, sitting up in the rough between the rough and water.

Approach shot: Much better approach than Thursday, but Tiger still ends up 35 feet past the hole. Still putting, though.

On the green: This one is fast and Tiger lags it to a few feet. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 14 (1 under for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (-3), Mickelson (+6)

No. 4: Par 4, 384 yards

Off the tee: Doesn’t need driver here. Tiger agrees and splits the fairway with a beautiful stinger.

Approach shot: With just a wedge, Tiger goes well long and finds one of those pesky mini greenside bunkers.

Around the green: Tiger blasts out to about 5 feet.

On the green: Crucial par save.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 13 (1 under for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (-2), Mickelson (+6)

No. 3: Par 3, 177 yards

Off the tee: Tiger hits a nice one on a good line and about 17 feet shy of the hole.

On the green: That one was perfect speed and line. A little left-to-righter that dies in the center. Birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 12 (1 under for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (-1), Mickelson (+7)

No. 2: Par 5, 532 yards

Off the tee: Good drive here about 310 yards down the left side of the fairway.

Second and third shots: Tiger doesn’t like his second as he finds the left greenside bunker and short-sides himself. Tiger leaves his bunker shot on the fringe, about 10 feet away.

Around the green: Not a bad look at birdie, but it doesn’t drop.

On the green: Tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 11 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (-1), Mickelson (+8)

No. 1: Par 4, 423 yards

Off the tee: Tiger begins the second nine with a decent driver cut that leaks a little into the right rough.

Approach shot: Middle pin and Tiger finds the front part of the green about 35 feet away.

On the green: On a good line but well short. Tiger then has to clean up from a few feet, which he does. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 10 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+9)

No. 18: Par 4, 462 yards

Off the tee: Hits another stinger iron off the tee here, but unlike Thursday Tiger starts this one more right and it draws with the shape of the fairway. Nice one.

Approach shot: Tiger doesn’t like this one as he fans it well right and into the mounds. Could have a tricky stance coming up.

Around the green: Ball above his feet and in some thick stuff, Tiger does well. Gets some spin on it and is about 8 feet shy of the hole.

On the green: That one slides by. Bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 9 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+9)

No. 17: Par 3, 137 yards

Off the tee: He likes this one, and for good reason. About 10 feet left for birdie.

On the green: Didn’t look fully committed to that one. Left the whole way. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 8 (1 under for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+8)

No. 16: Par 5, 523 yards

Off the tee: Stinger iron off the tee and it’s blocked way right. Fore!

Second and third shots: So far right it’s good. After a free drop, Tiger sends it from the pine straw, through the trees and is just left of the green. Near where he was Thursday, but the pin is on the far right. He goes putter again and hits a good lag. Will still have 10 feet or so left for his birdie.

On the green: There it is! First birdie of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 7 (1 under for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+8)

No. 15: Par 4, 470 yards

Off the tee: This is a tricky par 4 if you don’t find the fairway, but Tiger hits a beauty that fades into the center of the short stuff.

Approach shot: Another solid iron shot into the green, but Tiger can’t seem to get close enough. He’ll have about 17 feet left here.

On the green: Two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 6 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+8)

No. 14: Par 4, 481 yards

Off the tee: Tiger misses right with driver, but it’s not too bad. Actually he gets a good lie in the rough.

Approach shot: Actually has good angle into this left pin. He hits one right at it, but the ball checks up about 15 feet short.

On the green: A slight right-to-lefter and it doesn’t quite have the line, missing just high. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 5 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (-1), Mickelson (+9)

No. 13: Par 3, 181 yards

Off the tee: After much deliberation, Tiger goes just right of the flag but it’s long. Off the back of the green and in the fairway cut.

Around the green: Sprinkler head in front of Tiger but he’s going right of it with putter. Not a bad lag from there.

On the green: Tiger taps home the 3-footer for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 4 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+9)

No. 12: Par 4, 302 yards

Off the tee: Tiger trying to replicate what he did Thursday by laying up with iron and making birdie. He finds the fairway with iron.

Approach shot: From 77 yards, Tiger misses a little right. Rickie had just hit the flag and was in tight. Tiger, though, will have another 15-footer for birdie.

On the green: This one misses just right and it’s another par for TW.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 3 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (E), Mickelson (+7)

No. 11: Par 5, 558 yards

Off the tee: Tiger turns over driver too much and misses in the left bunker.

Second and third shots: Tiger lays up shy of the water, about 130 yards out. In front of him, Henrik Stenson dunked a routine wedge in the water and then left a second wedge shot short and in the bunker en route to a triple bogey. Tiger fares much better, wedging to about 15 feet.

On the green: Good line but not enough speed and this one dives left and low. Par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 2 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (+1), Mickelson (+8)

No. 10: Par 4, 424 yards

Off the tee: After hitting just four fairways on Thursday, Tiger hits a beauty here.

Approach shot: Tiger goes right at the hole and ends up within 20 feet right of the flag. However, he’s off the green and in the fairway cut.

Around the green: Tiger hits a good chip to about 2 feet.

On the green: Easy par to start.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par thru 1 (Even par for the tournament)

Tiger’s group: Fowler (+2), Mickelson (+8)

Pre-round

Before Woods and company tee off No. 10 at 8:27 a.m. Eastern, check out some of the best shots by Woods and Mickelson on Thursday:

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