Tiger Woods struggles to make Honda Classic cut
Tiger Woods needed a 69 to make the cut, see what Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson did, too.
Tiger Woods needed something close to 60 to stay within striking distance of Rory McIlroy, who's 11 under and leading the Honda Classic.
Instead Woods struggled to post something around 70.
Woods shot a 1-under 69 on Friday to get to even par for his first two rounds and make the cut by one shot.
And he needed a little bit of magic to even shoot that:
Woods' round included three birdies and two bogeys and the fact that one of those Woods birdies was that wild chip-in you see above should tell you everything you need to know about how he hit the ball on Friday.
Here's a look at his card:
Woods only hit 58 percent of greens in regulation and gained -.09 strokes putting. That's not going to get the job done in a tournament that includes seven of the top 10 golfers in the world.
Still, Woods denied putting poorly.
"The putts I hit had the right speed. I had a good feel."
But he knew he didn't have his good stuff on a day when he needed it.
"It was a grind, no doubt about that," said Woods. I'd like to obviously hit it better than I have been. I didn't hit it very good today."
That's true, but he did hit it well enough to play the weekend, anything else would have been a disaster with the Masters looming.
With Phil Mickelson bowing out early a missed cut from Woods would have meant just the second time Mickelson and Woods would have missed the same cut at the same tournament ever.
If you're rooting for a monstrous Saturday-Sunday comeback from Tiger, remember this is the same course that Woods nearly stole the 2012 title from McIlroy with a final-round 62. I'm sure he remembers it.
"It's so bunched...I'm going to try and get to 4 under or 5 under. If the wind blows, anything can happen."
Anything has happened.
Now we'll see if history repeats itself.
Here's how a few other stars fared:
Lee Westwood (7 under, T4) -- Westwood followed up his 68 with a 65 on Friday and will be in one of the final three groups on Saturday.
Adam Scott (3 under, T23) -- Pretty quiet first couple of days from Adam Scott. He's right in the mix, though. A 65 on Saturday and we could be looking at a dream finish.
Zach Johnson (3 under, T23) -- Johnson couldn't get the flat stick going today. Hit 80 percent of greens in regulation but couldn't score. His Thursday 67 carried him to the weekend.
Sergio Garcia (Even, T66) -- Garcia needed a birdie-birdie finish to sneak inside the cut line including an absolute dart on on the 18th. He could get hot on the weekend but he has a ton of work to do.
Phil Mickelson (1 over, MC) -- Lefty had his caddie Bones Mackay yank the flag for a chip he needed on his final hole to make the cut. He missed it.
Henrik Stenson (9 over, MC) -- Not good times for last year's FedEx Cup champ:
World #3 Henrik Stenson... Last 4 events in 2013: 77-under par First 4 events of 2014: 5-under par— Jamie Kennedy (@jamieonsport) February 28, 2014
Patrick Reed holds a two shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Emiliano Grillo after the second...
Jordan Spieth is not a very good speller
Fowler shot a 4-under 67 but couldn't stop thinking about Hazeltine
Not sure on the math here, but Spieth's general idea makes some sense
This footage of a young Tiger Woods playing Riviera is terrific
If you want to make some money, you should bet on a tie