After rain postponed play on Thursday, Tiger Woods and Company were back on the course Friday night for the second round of the Zozo Championship, the PGA Tour’s first official event to ever take place in Japan.
From Thursday night through to Friday, 8-10 inches of rain fell on the course. Due to the poor course conditions, there were no spectators allowed for the second round.
Woods took a share of the lead with a 6-under 64 in his first round and has the solo lead by two after another 64 Friday night.
Check out Woods’ second round shot-by-shot below.
Hole 18 – Par 5
Most golfers would be thrilled with Tiger’s tee shot on the 18th, but he’s not in love with it. It’s in the fairway, but apparently he thought he could’ve done better. How about 13 or 12 under, eh? Tiger finds the green in two with a fairway metal and he’s just outside 20 feet. He got robbed of an eagle on No. 10 earlier, let’s see if he can convert on his final hole of the day. Too much muscle on that one and he’s got 2.5 feet left for birdie as the eagle putt races by the cup. He cleans up for birdie and walks off the course with a two-shot lead midway through the inaugural Zozo Championship.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 6-under 64 (12 under overall).
Hole 17 – Par 4
BOOM! Tiger pulls driver here and smokes it down the middle of the fairway. Might have a chance to take the solo lead here, or on the par 5 18th. What a shot. Tiger sticks this one inside 2 feet from 154 yards out and that’s a guaranteed birdie. Solo lead. 11 under.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under thru 17 (11 under overall).
Hole 16 – Par 3
Tiger shared a couple laughs with caddie Joe LaCava waiting to tee off on No. 16. The tee shot that followed? Meh. Safely on the green. 30 feet away. Nothing flashy, but, useful. Yikes. Tiger left this birdie putt a good three feet short and he knew it immediately. Started walking it down as soon as he hit it. Another two-putt par save, the theme of the day.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 16 (10 under overall).
Hole 15 – Par 4
Nice, smooth swing finds the fairway here for Tiger down the right side. His approach is safe, landing on the green and coming to rest on the front half, right around 20 or so feet from the pin. Didn’t quite go after this one, but he’s in a good spot. This one never really had a chance, so it’s another two-putt par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 15 (10 under overall).
Hole 14 – Par 5
After a three-group backup on the 14th, Tiger finally got to play! Driver goes down the right side of the fairway. Lovely. 3-wood comes up just short of the green, leaving a nice, easy pitch to the back pin. Except he got a little too frisky with this one and it takes a hop off the green to the fringe. From there Tiger gets in in two and saves par. Moving on.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 14 (10 under overall).
Hole 13 – Par 3
With fans not being allowed to enter, they’re literally looking over a fence from outside the grounds on the 13th. Tiger gave ’em something to cheer for. He sticks his tee shot inside 10 feet and will have a solid look to once again take a share of the lead. Tiger took his time with this one and it paid off as he drills the putt and takes his spot back on top of the leaderboard with Gary Woodland.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 13 (10 under overall).
Hole 12 – Par 4
Driver. Doesn’t like it. Right. Rough. Shouldn’t be too difficult from there. Must’ve been a thick lie because this one comes up short. TW stays hot around the greens and hits a beautiful chip to a foot or two. Lovely par save. Short game = on point.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 12 (9 under overall).
Hole 11 – Par 4
Driver. Fairway. Boom.
Approach. Beauty. Nice. He’s right around 10-15 feet with an uphill putt awaiting. Definitely makeable. After struggling a bit with his irons early he’s slowly getting his touch back today. (Golf) Ball Don’t Lie! After a tricky putt on 10 refused to fall, this one on No. 11 catches the edge and drops for birdie. One shot back. Cruising.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 11 (9 under overall).
Hole 10 – Par 4
This is an interesting hole. The immense rain flooded the hole, so it’s still playing as a par 4 … BUT AT 140 YARDS! Eagle chances out the wazoo today on No. 10. Tiger’s turn.
YUP. Tiger sticks this one inside ten feet and that’s a fantastic look at eagle, at worst birdie. Showtime. Umm … what? How did this not fall?! Tiger’s putt was in, then out, then in, then out by a centimeter. The ball changed directions three times inside two feet. Wild. But hey, it’s a birdie!
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 10 (8 under overall).
Hole 9 – Par 4
Well, it’s a bad drive but he got a lucky bounce into the fairway. No pictures in the scorecard, that’s a fairway hit. His approach just climbs up on the green, well below the pin, but hey, it’s a birdie putt (shrugs). He gives this one a good roll but he just comes up a few inches off. Tap-in par, making the turn at 1-under 33.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 9 (7 under overall).
Hole 8 – Par 4
Another driver, another missed fairway. He’s in the rough, but it’s not nearly as bad as on No. 6. Probably still playing for par here. From 114 yards out, Tiger throws this one high in the air, but it comes up just a few yards too short. He’s on the beach in the bunker guarding the front of the green. Going to need a clever up-and-down from there. Can this guy scramble or what? Sticks the approach to just a couple feet and cleans up for par. How about that?
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 8 (7 under overall).
Hole 7 – Par 3
In the first round Tiger was absolutely dialed in with his irons and he played the par 3’s rather well. This one finds the green, about 20-30 feet below the cup. He buried a long putt in the first round, let’s see if he can do it again. YOU BET HE CAN! Back to red figures on the day after canning the left-to-right sweeper from distance. Fantastic effort there.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 7 (7 under overall).
Hole 6 – Par 5
Well, this one was struck solid with driver … just left. It carried through the fairway and took a big hop deep into the rough and among a cluster of trees. Any window he has to seriously advance up the fairway will be tight. This could be trouble. Oh yeah, he’s right behind a tree. Small window, if you can even call it that. He punches this one out, takes his medicine and finds the rough.
Tiger’s approach misses the green (not surprising given the lie) but his chip gets to right around 5 feet. USEFUL effort. He walks in the par putt and once again avoids a dropped shot. He’s gonna have to clean it up because Gary Woodland just took the lead at 9 under.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6 (6 under overall).
Hole 5 – Par 3
This one was left all the way off the tee. He finds the rough and has a testy little chip from there. TW’s short game has been pretty solid this week, and this hole is no different. He gets to about 5 feet and buries the putt for par to avoid any further damage.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 (6 under overall).
Hole 4 – Par 4
BIG drive here for TW. He’s long down the fairway. Solid stroke. His approach just finds the green, setting up a lengthy look at birdie. His putt had a good run, but misses wide. Another two-putt par. Moving on.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (6 under overall).
Hole 3 – Par 3
TW tees this one up on the left side of the tee box and a smooth swing finds the middle of the green, but he certainly didn’t love it. His putt had some good pace, just the wrong line to match it. Par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (6 under overall).
Hole 2 – Par 4
Tiger off the tee here on No. 2 and it’s in the short stuff. He’s gnawing on that gum and looks in control early. Well this approach was … not good. He left this one in the thick rough, and that’ll be a tough up-and-down for par. Difficult? For Tiger? He just stuck this one inside six feet, should be a par. Nope. Caught the edge. Bogey, gives back the opening birdie.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (6 under overall).
Hole 1 – Par 4
Showtime. Fairway metal for TW off No. 1 and he paints the fairway. No gallery today as spectators aren’t allowed, which is weird to see with Tiger. Hideki Matsuyama’s off to a 3 under through 5 hole-start and has the lead at 8 under. Tiger enters at 6 under. Woo boy! He sticks this one nice and close to the pin, that should be a birdie on one. And it is. Solid start for TW.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 1 (7 under overall).
Here’s a fun fact to get y’all in the mood: Tiger has converted on 15-30 18-hole leads in his career. So … chances are high he’s in contention come Sunday night/Monday morning, wherever you’re following from. A win would give The Big Cat some serious thinking to do about his four captain picks for the Presidents Cup later this year in Australia.