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March 01, 2013

Tiger Woods fights to make the cut at Honda Classic

Posted at 8:38 PM by Ryan Reiterman | Categories: Honda Classic, Tiger Woods

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, Tiger Woods walked off the sixth tee at the Honda Classic cursing at himself.

On Thursday, Woods pulled his drive left and found the water hazard. He got a lucky break -- his ball was only partially submerged -- and he was able to blast out. Woods then spun a wedge to eight feet and saved his par.

On Friday, he wasn't so lucky. Coming off back-to-back birdies, Woods was at two under par and getting himself in contention. He tried to fade a driver off the tee, but as soon as he swung through the ball, his shoulders slumped as he watched his ball sail into the water.

"There's not a lot of room out there," Woods said of the tight fairway at the 479-yard, par-4 sixth. "Martin [Kaymer] hit it over there 70 yards right of the fairway and had a shot. That's how you can play the hole, and probably how I should be playing the hole."

After laying up with his third shot, Woods was once again able to get up-and-down from the fairway, this time to save a bogey. It kept him under par, but Woods gave another shot back with a sloppy bogey on the 226-yard, par-3 seventh.

A 30-foot birdie putt on No. 9 put Woods back in red figures heading to the back nine, but a bladed bunker shot on No. 13 led to a double bogey and Woods spent the rest of his round fighting to make the cut. Fortunately for Woods, he did make it on the number thanks to a birdie on 14 and masterful up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the par-3 17th.

"I didn't hit the ball very good today," Woods said after signing for an even-par 70. "I hit it really good yesterday and got nothing out of it. Today I didn't hit it very good and got a lot out of it."

Woods will be in the third group in the third round Saturday morning. Last year, Woods rallied with a final-round 62, but came up two strokes short to Rory McIlroy. He wasn't sure if there was another 62 at PGA National this weekend.

"Depends on the weather," Woods said. "If you get it cool like this, it's going to be tough. There was a 63 out there today. But we had some easier pins. Tomorrow, the pins, as we saw from the dots going around the course, they are going to be a little more difficult than today. We'll see what they do on Sunday, as well."

(Photo: David Walberg/SI)

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