Tiger Woods didn’t have quite the same magic Friday at the BMW Championship.
A bogey-bogey finish led to a second-round 70. He dropped from a share of the lead to a tie for 10th five back. But he’s still in contention with 36 holes to go.
We followed Woods’ second round, shot by shot. Catch up below…
Hole No. 18: Par 4, 454 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:21 p.m. ET): Tiger takes 3-wood off the tee and this is a beauty down the middle of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT (12:26 p.m. ET): From 167 yards … that was bad. He failed to cut this one and this ball finishes about 40 feet left and beyond the cup. It’s no simple two-putt from there. A bogey-bogey finish would be rough.
ON THE GREEN (12:32 p.m. ET): Tiger leaves that first putt a good five feet short. And wow, he rams that comebacker almost 3 feet by. Yikes, a three-putt bogey to close. That’s a bogey-bogey finish. That is rough. He’s five back.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even-par 70 (8 under overall, T-10)
Hole No. 17: Par 3, 224 yards
OFF THE TEE (12:12 p.m. ET): This 5-iron is missed to the right and appears to find a front bunker. That will leave a long bunker shot of some 20 or 30 yards. So this will be an interesting up and down attempt.
AROUND THE GREEN (12:15 p.m. ET): That is pretty well done. He had to fly this close to the hole to carry a ridge, and he lands this about 10 feet below the hole, it hops forward and spins back slightly. This leaves him 6 feet under the hole for par.
ON THE GREEN (12:18 p.m. ET): Ooh, that was tough to watch. A good putt, but it hits the left side of the cup and horseshoes out. That’s a bogey and he falls out of a tie for second.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 17 (9 under overall, T-5)
Hole No. 16: Par 5, 563 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:52 a.m. ET): This driver finds basically the dead middle of the fairway, but what an AWFUL break: Ball finishes in the middle of a divot. Just stupid. It’s unclear if he can go for this in two now. Even if he can, it’ll be very tough to stop. We’ll see how he deals with that bad luck.
APPROACH SHOT (11:59 a.m. ET): Here goes nothing with a 5-wood from 255 yards from a divot … and wow, that is really good. He’s able to find the front of the green and this finishes 40 feet below the hole for eagle. From a divot with a fairway wood, that is a glorious shot.
ON THE GREEN (12:06 p.m. ET): A good run at that one but just a little left. The ball trundles on about 2 feet by. That’s no problem, and Tiger makes birdie. A great birdie after a terrible break off the tee.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 16 (10 under overall, T-2)
Hole No. 15: Par 4, 514 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:35 a.m. ET): Tiger takes driver but misses this one in the left rough. All depends on the lie.
SECOND SHOT (11:42 a.m. ET): Tiger has to lash at this one from 227 yards and he can only get this one back into the fairway. This ball ends up 80 yards short of the hole. He’ll have to wedge this to get it up and down for par.
THIRD SHOT (11:45 a.m. ET): Uhh … no problem! Tiger flights this down and lands it just below the cup, it hops forward a few feet past and immediately spins back almost back into the hole! This ball finishes a mere inches beyond the hole. What a terrific shot. He’ll save par.
ON THE GREEN (11:47 a.m. ET): Tiger taps in for par and now comes to a par 5. Barring an incredible finish, Woods won’t catch Xander Schauffele (63-64 for 13 under) by day’s end. But he’ll be right in position through 36 holes especially with a nice conclusion.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 15 (9 under overall, T-3)
Hole No. 14: Par 3, 216 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:25 a.m. ET): Tiger flights a draw that finishes roughly 30 feet below the hole. That should be a two-putt par.
ON THE GREEN (11:29 a.m. ET): A good roll, but this one is just a tiny bit left. Good speed and this finishes inches left of the cup. Another tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 14 (9 under overall, T-2)
Hole No. 13: Par 4, 364 yards
OFF THE TEE (11:12 a.m. ET): That is a pretty low draw down the right side of the fairway with an iron. He continues to be a marvel off the tee.
APPROACH SHOT (11:15 a.m. ET): A 9-iron from 134 yards and this was a yard or two off from brilliant execution. Tiger lands this 10 feet left and beyond the cup, but this is just flies over a slope. If Tiger lands this a yard shorter, this probably takes that slope toward the hole and maybe gets within 5 feet. Instead, his ball finishes above that slope and leaves him a slippery 20-footer for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (11:20 a.m. ET): He had to be cautious with that one, and does just fine. This one trickles to about 6 inches short and right of the cup. Simple par. Unfortunately, he’s now four behind as Schauffele continues to play scorching hot golf.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 13 (9 under overall, T-2)
Hole No. 12: Par 4, 468 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:56 a.m. ET): This is a 3-wood launched down the right-center of the fairway. He’s just striping it off the tee.
APPROACH SHOT (11:02 a.m. ET): Tiger is getting more dialed in. He fires this one from 160+ right at the flag and this one finishes about 10-12 feet short of the cup. That’s a nice one and a good look at three birdies in four holes.
ON THE GREEN (11:08 a.m. ET): So, so close. Tiger had that on a good line, but that ball just drifts right and crawls over the right edge. An inch left, and that falls in the right side of the cup for birdie. He has to settle for par and he falls three behind as Schauffele reaches 12 under.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 12 (9 under overall, T-2)
Hole No. 11: Par 4, 408 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:40 a.m. ET): That’s a beautiful cut with the driver down the dead center. So the fairways are for sure wide at Aronimink, but Tiger continues to impress with the big stick. He’s hit 7/9 fairways today.
APPROACH SHOT (10:47 a.m. ET): That was textbook. He knocks this one down a little from 95 yards and doesn’t play a super spinner. This ball lands about 10 feet beyond the cup, hops forward and then spins back comfortably with the help of a slope and comes to rest 2 feet right of the cup. Almost guaranteed another birdie here. That was art right there.
ON THE GREEN (10:54 a.m. ET): Tiger indeed cleans that up for a kick-in birdie. This had the makings of a frustrating day, but a couple of birdies has this turned around a bit. He’s now just two back, by the way.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 11 (9 under overall, T-2)
Hole No. 10: Par 4, 451 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:27 a.m. ET): That 3-wood is just a poor shot. He loses this one to the right immediately and it crashes into some trees. The ball actually bounces right and forward off the trees. A good break as he probably won’t be blocked out now. But he’s in some juicy rough, so this will be an interesting approach.
APPROACH SHOT (10:31 a.m. ET): That pin is in back just over a slope, so it would’ve been a miracle (or a brazen accident) if Tiger challenged this and got it back there. This 9-iron from 173 yards in a decent lie is just fine then as it finishes 40-50 feet below the hole on the green. No simple two-putt over that big slope, but that’s fine considering the drive.
ON THE GREEN (10:39 a.m. ET): Great lag. It’s really tough to hit that even close to hard enough, but Tiger does a beautiful job by rolling that about 18 inches short of the cup on line. He taps in from there for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 10 (8 under overall, T-3)
Hole No. 9: Par 5, 608 yards
OFF THE TEE (10:06 a.m. ET): That’s a driver and this is a pretty low bullet that lands in the center and kicks forward in the right-center. This hole is playing LONNNNNG, so not sure he can go for this in two from there. He’ll have roughly 300 yards uphill for his second.
APPROACH SHOT (10:14 a.m. ET): Tiger has 3-wood out, as he tries to get it up there as far as possible … and that’s solid. This was 309 yards uphill in cool, soft conditions so this was never going to get to the green. But this ball ends up in the fairway about 15 yards short of the green. Leaves him about a 40-yard shot overall. That’s a perfect leave for his third.
AROUND THE GREEN (10:20 a.m. ET): That. Was. Pretty. Played a low pitch that landed 20 feet below the hole, ran out but had some spin to slow it 18 inches short of the hole. That was 10/10 execution. This will be a tap-in birdie to get him an even-par opening nine.
ON THE GREEN (10:21 a.m. ET): Yep, a nice easy birdie. While that front nine seemed pretty frustrating, Tiger is still in a tie for second and three back. All in all, despite softer conditions, it’s actually a lot tougher today because the course is playing so much longer. An even-par 35 still isn’t ideal, but that’ll do just fine.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 9 (8 under overall, T-2)
Hole No. 8: Par 3, 199 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:53 a.m. ET): This 7-iron is a bit of a bailout. That pin is tucked in the back left, and Tiger fails to challenge it. This is a bit right and well short. The ball barely reaches the front of the green and he’ll have 50-something feet for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (10 a.m. ET): Well, that was terrific speed. This misses left by about 6 inches but basically gets to the hole. A fantastic lag there and a tap-in par. Tiger now comes to a par 5. He could really use a birdie to at least salvage a little a mediocre front nine.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 8 (7 under overall, T-4)
Hole No. 7: Par 4, 393 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:35 a.m. ET): Tiger takes a 3-wood and this is just ideal as this lands in the center of the fairway, runs out a good 30 yards and finishes in the left side of the fairway (which is sloped right to left). He’ll have a great angle with just a wedge in.
APPROACH SHOT (9:40 a.m. ET): OK, another solid one. Tiger lands this about 15 feet short of the hole, and it hops a little and spins back a little close to the original pitch mark. So about 15 feet for birdie. Ideally, he would’ve stuffed this approach. But he left this in a solid spot and it’s a second straight birdie look he can absolutely drop. Tiger’s now five behind, birdies would be nice.
ON THE GREEN (9:46 a.m. ET): Something is just off with his putter today so far. That one was a good 18 inches right of the cup and was going to miss right the entire way. He taps in for par, but something needs to change soon or he’s falling back after an electric opening round.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 7 (7 under overall, T-4)
Hole No. 6: Par 4, 413 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:20 a.m. ET): Another driver, and another beauty. This one is down the left side of the fairway, and that is terrific. If he drives like this all day, he should eventually start giving himself great birdie looks.
APPROACH SHOT (9:25 a.m. ET): A knockdown pitching wedge from 132 yards and this one was right at it. Lands 15 feet short of the flag, hops forward and stops about 10 feet under the cup. That’s more like it! That’ll leave him his first real good birdie look of the day.
ON THE GREEN (9:31 a.m. ET): Nope. That was always a touch right. That harmlessly finishes a few inches right of the cup. But that is an opportunity missed and not a great putt.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 6 (7 under overall, T-4)
Hole No. 5: Par 3, 130 yards
OFF THE TEE (9:11 a.m. ET): OK, here we go. A sand wedge on this downhill short par 3 … And he dumps it front right short of the green. Looks like that caught the bunker, if not it’s in the rough on an upslope. Just an awful shot. Really, really poor there on a simple hole. This is a birdie hole and now he has to scramble for par.
AROUND THE GREEN (9:15 a.m. ET): In the bunker and not a hard one. Tiger shows it, as this one lands about 10 feet short of the cup, runs out and misses the cup on the right by inches. After nearly going in, this ball actually sneaks about 4 feet by. But still a great look to save par.
ON THE GREEN (9:16 a.m. ET): Oof. Tiger gets that one started left, it hits the left edge and lips out. That is an AWFUL bogey. Tiger needs to get this round on track, as he’s falling behind after this slow start.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 5 (7 under overall, T-4)
Hole No. 4: Par 4, 465 yards
OFF THE TEE (8:56 a.m. ET): That is a lower beauty launched down the left-center of the fairway. That driver continues to be a weapon. Now Tiger needs to recapture his approach play of Thursday.
APPROACH SHOT (9:01 a.m. ET): This one from 153 yards … another solid but not great shot. This one finishes roughly 20 feet left of the hole. Again, he’s not giving himself great looks. That’s harmless here early on, but if this continues all day, he’s going to fall behind.
ON THE GREEN (9:04 a.m. ET): That was never hard enough. This one lazily dives left of the cup and finishes about a foot left and short. A tap-in par. He comes to a really short par 3 now, this is a good chance for him to stick one in there.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 4 (8 under overall, 4th)
Hole No. 3: Par 4, 445 yards
OFF THE TEE (8:39 a.m. ET): Tiger goes driver again and this is just what he wanted. A nice one in the right-center of the fairway. He’s not backing down off the tee, that’s for sure.
APPROACH SHOT (8:44 a.m. ET): Tiger saws that one off from 146 yards, and his uninspiring approach play to start this round continues. This is probably his best of the three, but it’s still a ho-hum 15-20 feet below the hole. That won’t hurt him at all, but he could absolutely do better from inside 150 yards in soft conditions.
ON THE GREEN (8:49 a.m. ET): That one was always a little right and this actually trickles about 3 feet past. That was kind of unnecessary, but Tiger does have no problem cleaning up for par. Still, he’s ran two of his first three putts a little by. Something to keep an eye on there.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 3 (8 under overall, T-3)
Hole No. 2: Par 4, 405 yards
OFF THE TEE (8:23 a.m. ET): Tiger went hard after that driver, and that didn’t work out. This one is a little bit pulled and that appeared to catch a fairway bunker over there. If not, it’s in the rough. Not a terrible swing by any means, just a little bit off and he fails to find the short grass.
APPROACH SHOT (8:29 a.m. ET): Tiger indeed found that bunker, and this is pretty mediocre. Tiger only had 95 yards, but he didn’t catch that totally clean and this lands and finishes in the fairway in front of the green. Actually took a nice hop forward when it landed but spun back after that in the fairway. He’s a couple yards in front of the green, 35-40 feet from the hole overall. Shouldn’t be a hard chip.
AROUND THE GREEN (8:32 a.m. ET): Tiger decided to putt that as he has been more prone to do in the comeback. A great effort there, as this one starts well left of the cup and curls back. This one almost dropped, but it curled inches left and above the cup. Perfect speed, so this is a mere inches left for par. A tap-in coming.
ON THE GREEN (8:32 a.m. ET): Yep, tap-in par. Tiger is already three back, by the way, as Xander Schauffele has reached 11 under.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 2 (8 under overall, T-2)
Hole No. 1: Par 4, 422 yards
OFF THE TEE (8:08 a.m. ET): And we’re off with driver! That is a tasty one down the right side of the fairway, so Tiger is picking up where he left off.
APPROACH SHOT (8:14 a.m. ET): We begin the day with a decent but unspectacular approach. This one from 135 yards lands about 15 feet right and under the hole, sticks right there and then spins back a little. That’ll be a 20-footer for birdie from under the hole. Conditions are definitely softer today, FYI.
ON THE GREEN (8:21 a.m. ET): Misjudged the distance on that one, it was closer to 25-30 feet and he had to bang that up an incline. Tiger became too focused with getting it up there, though, as he races this first putt some 5 feet by. But he rolls that comebacker right in. That was kind of a sloppy par after a great drive, but we’ll take it. Bogeys are killers on a course that may be even more gettable today in soft conditions.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (8 under overall, T-2)
Tiger tees off at 8:06 a.m. ET. Here’s a look back at his magical Thursday: