Woods solid, Scott claws back at PGA event

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Tiger Woods enters the weekend just four shots off the lead at one over.

In November, Woods returned to competitive golf for the first time in nine months at the World Challenge event. "So it was just a hard day all around", said Woods about the hard conditions.

It was six years ago that Woods closed in 62 at the Honda Classic, almost completing a nine-shot comeback.

Nearing the close of day, this approach shot and finish demonstrated the kind of consistency throughout a round that Woods has previously found increasingly hard to deliver. As it stands, he's now four shots back of solo leader Rory Sabbatini, who is two under through four holes and four under for the tournament. Last week: Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open.


"I'm just being very steady and I'm trying to make a lot of pars, maybe sprinke in a birdie here and there", he said.

On a sunny but blustery day on home turf a short drive from his Jupiter, Fla., residence, Woods got off to an uneven start when, even with an iron off the tee on the par-4 second hole, he hit an errant shot into a hazard.

Woods watched Brandt Snedeker nail a 5-iron to a few feet at the 17th, but then the wind backed off. Getting some 15,000 people to quiet down proved almost impossible as Woods tried to figure out what to do. "I think today probably played tougher than it did yesterday".

Woods had his chances, twice missing birdie putts from inside 10 feet at Nos. "I'm still learning what that feels like under the gun".

The big moment was the 17th hole, 184 waters into the wind and over water.


It is a sold out spot on the 17th hole that keeps its value year after year. He's effectively hit delicate chip shots and demanding bunker shots. There were eight scores of triple bogey or worse, with the hole playing a total of 104 over par.

Lovemark followed an opening-round 68 with a 69 on Friday to climb into a tie with List at 3-under for the tournament. "It certainly was not the result I was looking for, but it was a good experience playing with Tiger".

But he's still proving the pieces are there in just his third official PGA Tour start in his return. This is a ideal golf course for him. Driver is not a huge weapon here because the fairways are so fast. His ball-striking was better today as he hit two more GIR (14 of 18) to give him 26 of 36 for the week (T4).

"Maybe I ought to have been a little smarter to pick some easier venues, " he said.

As always, most of the eyes at PGA National on Friday were on Woods, though. "Making pars is a good thing". We all know that. "Anyone can win this tournament".


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