Tiger Woods fired a four-under 66 and will enter his third round six back of Gary Woodland's lead.
Tiger Woods fired a four-under 66 in the second round of the PGA Championship, a round that was completed over two days after inclement weather ended play on Friday afternoon. Woods will enter the third round six back of leader Gary Woodland.
Woods returned to the par-5 8th hole when play resumed at 8 a.m. and promptly stuck a wedge to four feet. He would bury the birdie to move to four under for the round and tournament and send a jolt of energy around the grounds at Bellerive. The round stalled a bit from there, as he sandwiched a birdie at 11 with bogeys at 10 and 12 and was at three under until he reached the par-5 8th in two and two-putted for birdie. A solid two-putt par from 90 feet on 18 ensured that he'd enter the weekend within striking distance of the lead.
Woods hit 8 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and needed 29 putts to complete his round.
Woods will likely need to post two rounds in the mid 60's to have any chance, as a soft and scoreable Bellerive has yielded low scores all week.
Here are some highlights from the round:
A birdie on 2 to get things jump started.
A near hole-out while chipping for birdie on 4, which prompted a too-early fist pump
His third birdie of the day came on 5 after a beautiful approach into the par 4.
Woods kept his momentum intact with a 15-footer for par at 6.
Then added his fourth birdie of the day at the par-5 8th, his first hole on Saturday.
A bounceback birdie at 11 after bogeying 10.
And a nice five-footer to save par on 18:
Here are his post-round comments:
Below is a hole-by-hole recap of the round.
Hole 18, Par 4 - Par, second-round 66, -4 for tournament
An important par save after an errant drive found the right rough. Woods' ball finished in some trampled-down rough and he was able to hit a 5-iron onto the left side of the green, then two putted from 90 feet for par. That'll feel good going to the clubhouse for what will be a short break before his third round gets underway.
Hole 17, Par 5 - Birdie, -4 for day, -4 for tournament
Just what the doctor ordered—a drive right down the pipe then a cut 3-wood onto the front of the green, leaving 30 feet for eagle. The effort was well-judged for speed but missed left, leading to a tap-in birdie. The best kind.
Tiger's now back to four under for the day and for the tournament, and it would be fantastic if he could pick up another birdie at 18.
Hole 16, Par 3 - Par, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
After watching Thomas and McIlroy come up short with 6-iron, Tiger went with a cut 5 that started at the flag and cut just a hair, finishing 21 feet from the cup. A really quality shot, and the putt had a chance but didn't fall. Another par and he'll head to the par-5 17th absolutely needing a birdie.
Hole 15, Par 4 - Par, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
Tiger went with driver off this meaty par 4 and hit a pretty significant cut into the middle of the fairway. From 203 yards he went with a 7-iron, a club selection the commentators questioned, and came up significantly short with his approach. From roughly 50 feet, his lag finished about four feet short but he managed to brush the par in without incident.
Hole 14, Par 4 - Par, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
A pretty routine par. Woods went with an iron off the tee and split the fairway before hitting his 175-yard approach to about 18 feet below the hole. The birdie effort never had enough pace and finished low and left. A one-handed putt for par.
Tiger's hit a bit of a lull here—he remains seven back with just four holes remaining and badly needs to pick up a few birdies here if he wants to give himself a realistic chance going into the weekend.
Hole 13, Par 3 - Par, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
Tiger went with 7-iron and hit a high cut in an effort to access this pin on the right. It was right on line but landed about 15 feet past the hole, then caught a slope and rolled further, finishing about 30 feet. His birdie effort up the ridge was well-judged, leading to a tap-in par.
Hole 12, Par 4 - Bogey, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
The bogey here was made with the tee shot, which faded too much and ended up in the thick stuff right of the fairway. Tiger could only manage to get it to the very front edge of the green from there, leaving a 101-foot putt up the hill. He actually hit a pretty good lag to about four feet but pulled his par effort, leading to his second birdie of the morning to go along with two birdies.
Hole 11, Par 4 - Birdie, -4 for day, -4 for tournament
An ideal bounceback after the bogey at 10. The 11th is driveable, but Tiger opted to layup to roughly 90 yards and take his chances with a wedge. It turned out to be the right play, as his knockdown wedge danced around the hole before eventually fininshing about two feet. Right in the center with the birdie putt and he's back to four under.
Hole 10, Par 4 - Bogey, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
A momentum-killer after a solid start post-rain delay. Tiger hit driver right down the center, but his 6-iron approach from about 205 came up short, finishing just over a bunker but short of the green. It left a straightforward chip, but he came up about five feet short then missed the putt to the right.
It's his first bogey of the day.
Hole 9, Par 4 - Par, -4 for day, -4 for tournament
Tiger went with iron off the tee and split the fairway on the 435-yard 9th. From there, he hit a baby draw right at the center of the green, a solid shut but one that didn't finish on the correct tier of the green. That left a 40-foot birdie putt up a ridge, and he was fortunate to have watched Justin Thomas hit virtually the same putt right before. Thomas came up woefully short, but Tiger gave his some more pace for a routine two-putt.
That's a four-under 31 on his opening nine, and he's in good position to pick up a few more on the back to position himself well for the third round, which will begin later today.
Hole 8, Par 5 - Birdie, -4 for day, -4 for tournament
That's how you get things going after an overnight rain delay. On his first shot of the day, Tiger stuffed a wedge to about seven feet then poured the birdie putt right into the center. An ideal start to the day.
The greens appear to be even softer than they were over the first two days. It'll be target practice out there today, and Tiger would be well-served to pick up a few more before day's end.
Hole 7, Par 4 - Par, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
A bit of an unforced error on one of the more benign par 4s at Bellerive, as Tiger found a right fairway bunker with a 3-iron. From 130 yards, he hit a punch that was right on line but once again came up short. That left another straightforward pitch and it was clear he had no other plans but to make it—his effort hit the hole but was too frisky and ran out to three feet. No issues with the par putt.
Hole 6, Par 3 - Par, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
Huge, huge momentum-preserving save. Tiger tried to cut a long iron into the 217-yard par 3 but tugged it, finding the greenside bunker left of the green. He was a bit shortsided and opted for a high, soft bunker shot that landed about a yard short of the green and didn't tumble forward, leaving a downhill putt from 15 feet for par. His effort caught the left lip and fell in for a par that will feel much, much better than that.
Hole 5, Par 4 - Birdie, -3 for day, -3 for tournament
Tiger's ball striking looks much steadier early, as he pounded a driver down the center then flew a 9-iron directly over the flag to about 10 feet. Another confident stroke saw this one fall dead-center, and Woods officially has some momentum for the first time all week.
Hole 4, Par 4 - Par, -2 for day, -2 for tournament
First poor swing of the day on this meaty, 521-yard par 4. Tiger tried to hit a draw with the big stick—something he's struggled with all year—and pushed it out right. He found a solid lie in some trampled-down grass but still had about 220 to the green, and he struck a long-iron beautifully. It was flying right at the flag but landed just short of the green and didn't pitch forward, finishing just short of the putting surface. Instead of putting it and risking a bounce, he opted to chip it and thought he'd made it. In fact, he was already mid-fist pump when it caught the left lip.
Hole 3, Par 3 - Birdie, -2 for day, -2 for tournament
Tiger electrified an absolutely massive crowd at the short par-3 3rd by throwing an absolute dart in there, a pitching wedge that landed just left of the flag then spun back to about five feet. I mean, the people went absolutely nuts. Dead-center with the birdie putt and Tiger has a pep in his step that he lacked yesterday.
Hole 2, Par 4 - Birdie, -1 for day, -1 for tournament
Another driving iron into the middle of the fairway, and this approach was much better than the one at 1—right on line, about 14 feet below the hole. The stroke on the birdie putt was a confident one, and he rammed it right in the center of the cup. Into red numbers for the first time in the tournament.
Hole 1, Par 4 - Par, E for day, E for tournament
A much better start for Tiger, who played the first two holes in three over on Thursday. Woods found the middle of the fairway with a driving iron but pushed his approach a bit, failing to place the 9-iron into a bowl where the cup is. That left a downhill birdie effort that he left a few feet short. While he had a chance to put one close there with a scoring club in his hand, a stress-free par is never a bad way to start a round.