Honda Classic: Tiger Woods stays solid as Luke List, Jamie Lovemark lead

McIlroy then parred the first five holes of the front nine, including another excellent up-and-down at the third, and he gave himself a cushion in his fight to make the weekend when he used the contours of the sixth green to his advantage to get his approach to six feet before rattling in a confident putt for birdie. The ball in the water at 15 led to a double-bogey, and when Woods three-putted the par-4 16th for a bogey to fall back to 2 over, he was standing on some shaky ground.

The famous 17th Par 3 on the Champions Course at PGA National has become the talk of the tournament.

Alex Noren and Webb Simpson defied hard blustery winds to lead the US PGA Tour's Honda Classic Thursday as Tiger Woods said he was "very pleased" with an even par 70.

The leaders reached the halfway mark on three-under-par 137 with Woods in contention on a tightly packed leaderboard despite dropping three shots in two holes on his back nine at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

"It's unfortunate that the greens have changed this much in a year". He had missed the cut the last two times at the Honda Classic.

Adam Scott says playing the closing rounds under par at the Honda Classic will leave him feeling satisfied with his quest to rediscover top form.

"But to play a good 10 holes after that, and be level par for those, that's sort of all you're hoping for out there today, Anything around 70 and you're going to be doing well".

"I played well. It's very hard to score because you can't put a foot wrong on this course".

Tiger Woods was two shots off the lead as he entered the Bear Trap, but then he was bitten.

Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald headlined the group who fell below the five-over cut line and won't play the weekend.

"I'm just being very steady, " he said. He birdied his last hole for a 72 and was only one shot off the lead. "One swing out here can cost you three shots". He and Jamie Lovemark now lead the Honda Classic by one shot after 36 holes.

Sergio Garcia is making his first PGA TOUR start of the season as his title defense nears at the Masters.

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. Instead, he came up a yard short and into the water, made double bogey and shot 72. A bogey dropped him to two over.

A total of 36 balls found the water there Friday, but Woods carved a 5-iron up into the air and watched it fade toward the hole, stopping 10 feet away. He had one other bogey against three birdies, and was rarely out of position.

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

"It feels good", he said.


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