Tiger Woods, bidding to recapture the magic of old, shared the lead after his second round at the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour.
In Palm Harbor, Fla., Woods started the day on the back nine at one under, in eighth place. He birdied Nos. 12 and 13, sinking six-foot putts on each, then drained an 11-footer for another birdie on the par-4 second hole.
On the par-5 fifth hole, Woods escaped a green-side bunker to five feet, then sank the birdie putt and moved to five under, in the lead by himself. After a poor second shot, he left himself with 11 feet to save par on the seventh hole, but made the putt, remaining in the lead.
He finished the round with a bogey, missing a five-footer. That left him with a three-under 67, for four under over all, and a share of the lead.
Woods has showed some signs of better performance lately, finishing 12th in his most recent start, at the Honda Classic last month.
Woods, 42, last won on the Tour in 2013. A winner of 14 majors, he has not won one since the United States Open in 2008. Since then he has struggled with injuries and personal problems.
“I feel like I’m pleased with every aspect of my game,” Woods told The Associated Press after his first round. “I drove it well. I hit a lot of good iron shots today, and I had some good speed on the putts. I thought I really did well today, over all.”
Published at Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:52:25 +0000