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Woods hot, Scott claws back at PGA Honda

25 February 2018

Woods' modest outing in the second round still leaves him within striking distance of leaders Jamie Lovemark and Luke List, who are four strokes ahead. It was hard to get the ball close, even if the ball is in the fairway, it's still very difficult to get the ball close, with the wind blowing as hard as it is. He gave a shot back with a bogey on the 16th hole after hitting his approach into a green-side bunker, making his turn at 1-under 34.

PGA champion Justin Thomas, fellow Americans Morgan Hoffman and Daniel Berger, Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and South Africa Louis Oosthuizen, were all on 67. Since then, Woods has struggled to make the cut to the third round on two separate occasions.

His decision to play this week marks his first attempt at back-to-back tournaments since 2015 as he vies to become a contender again following spinal fusion surgery, his fourth back operation, last April.

Rory Sabbatini, Luke List and Jamie Lovemark are sharing the lead at four-under, while in-form Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and former US Open victor Webb Simpson are a shot back sharing fourth.

"There's nothing I've done over the last two days where I can say, 'That will help at Augusta.'" Rickie Fowler added a 76 to Thursday's 71 meaning the defending champion exited at the halfway stage.

For the first time in his career, he was grouped with Tiger Woods.

It can be a surreal experience, with dozens of media, officials, photographers inside the ropes, not to mention the thousands who line the fairways on each hole and make a commotion every time Woods moves.

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"It's very relentless", List said.

List and Lovemark, both Californians, have never won on the PGA Tour.

"It's kind of irrelevant because there's going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead", List said. The Golf Channel analyst accused Woods of so many wrongs, including committing "self-mutilation" with his technique. "It's going to be that type of week". "Yesterday he hit one on this hole 346, which was the longest tee shot". At 11, he rolled in a 12-foot par-saving putt and he got up and down for par from greenside bunkers at 13 and 14.

He has made just six birdies through two rounds and has two double-bogeys on his scorecard, but he has really played just two bad holes out of 36.

"I started that thing pretty far left and hit a pretty big cut in there because I had just too much stick", Wood said.

"I felt comfortable out there today", Woods said.

It landed 12 feet below the hole for a birdie putt. He dropped another shot and fell to 2-over when he three-putted on the 16th green.

Woods hot, Scott claws back at PGA Honda