Tiger Woods stumbles to 70, trails Justin Rose and Bill Haas by four
Tiger Woods had a great front nine but a sketchy back nine en route to a second-round 70.
Tiger Woods got off to a scorching start on Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a sweet little 33 on the front nine that included a birdie, an eagle and no bogeys.
Here's a video of his eagle:
The back nine wasn't as pretty.
It started off just fine with a pair of birdies in the first three holes but a bogey-bogey-bogey finish in the rain that started falling at Bay Hill left Woods with a 70 and wanting more heading to the weekend.
He left a lot of shots on the course, too:
Here's a look at his colorful scorecard:
The back-nine struggles were exacerbated by the fact that first-round leader Justin Rose played well for the second straight day.
Woods actually got within one of the lead but a birdie on No. 16 by Rose and a bogey by Woods turned the tournament around.
Rose went on to a par-bogey finish while Woods bogeyed No. 17 and No. 18 to fall further behind.
There are currently only four golfers separating Rose (70) and Bill Haas (66) at 9 under from Woods at 5 under, so making up ground won't be a problem for Woods this weekend.
Catching Rose will be, though.
The Englishman has a history at this event. A T15 finish last year and a solo third-place finish in 2011 coupled with a T4 at the Honda Classic and a T8 at Doral have him feeling strong about his game.
The key to his success? His revamped putting game.
Woods obviously isn't where he wants to be as we go to moving day on Saturday, but the tournament is far from over. With some rain earlier this week and a little more rain Friday, scores should go even lower on the weekend.
If Rose and Haas falter, Woods will be ready to pounce.
And at least one of his fans had a great day!
Heading to 8 tee, Tiger tossed a ball to a kid (18ish?) decked out in full Tiger face paint. Not something he does that often mid-round.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 22, 2013
Although I agree, let's can the face paint if we're over 12 years old:
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