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Tiger Woods second-round recap at Torrey Pines

He finishes his second round with a three-under-par 69 for a 36-hole score of 138, currently five off the pace.

January 28, 2011|By Diane Pucin
  • Tiger Woods tees off during the first round at Torrey Pines on Thursday.
Tiger Woods tees off during the first round at Torrey Pines on Thursday. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images )

18th hole, South Course, Par 5, 570 yards

Might Tiger have a big finish in him? His drive was perfect, right down the middle of the fairway, and stopped 248 yards from the hole. He hit a monstrous second shot and was on the green in two with 38 feet left for an eagle. The putt was a foot short., but he tapped it in for birdie. Tiger finishes the day with a three-under 69, matching his first-round total and giving him a 36-hole score of six-under 138, currently five off the pace.

17th hole, South Course, Par 4, 442 yards

This hole has fairway sand on the right and bunkers framing the front of the green. Tiger's drive went wide right and into the rough. He let out an audible, angry "God," and slammed his club. His second shot landed in the bunker at the front right of the green. He had a bad lie, on an up-slope, but got out of the bunker on his first try and had a 19-foot par putt. He paced around while waiting for his playing partners, obviously unhappy with himself. He made the putt and gave a little fist pump. One hole to go today.

16th hole, South Course, Par 3, 223 yards

Tiger, who is now tied for 27th, should really like this hole, because it has bunkers all around the green. He avoided them all! Tiger's five-iron crossed the right edge of the hole, leaving him a makeable 13-foot birdie putt. And he made it. Birdie for Tiger.

15th hole, South Course, par 4, 478 yards

Tiger followed playing partner Anthony Kim into the right rough. Kim gets more style points for almost losing his grip on the club. Tiger's second shot traveled about 9 yards into the same right rough. His third shot landed in a greenside bunker. "Hello, my name is Tiger Woods. Have you seen my golf swing? It's missing." Tiger got out of the bunker on the first try but missed his 23-foot par putt and settled for another sandy bogey.

14th hole, South Course, par 4, 437 yards

Tiger's drive ended up in the left-hand fairway bunker. And for the second time Friday, he hit from one bunker into another, this one guarding the front left side of the green. His third shot ended up in the same bunker. No way will he make par now. Sand practice seems a certainty after Friday's round. He chipped to 7 feet from the hole and sank a tricky bogey putt. Down to five-under, tied for 11th and seven shots behind leader Bill Haas.

13th hole, South Course, Par 5, 614 yards

Tiger will certainly feel some urgency to birdie this long par-five, where players averaged a 4.7 score Thursday. And as soon as you think that, his drive ends up in the left rough; suddenly, Woods and his swing have stopped cooperating. Tiger laid up on the second shot and he overshot the green with his third. Birdie seems out of the question now, and par will be tricky. He chunked the chip shot, leaving him a tough seven-foot par putt. He made the putt, to the delight of the crowd. He is still six-under.

12th hole, South Course, Par 4, 504 yards

Tiger was no doubt looking to recover from his first bogey, but this hole was ranked the most difficult on Thursday. And for good reason. Tiger's drive went 290 yards and into the right rough of the fairway bunker. That had him muttering. His second shot put him in front of the green. His approach ended up about six feet from the pin -- a crucial par putt. It went in and was his most solid par putt yet, worthy of a satisfied nod from Tiger. He remains six-under, but leader Haas currently stands alone at 11-under.

11th hole, South Course, Par 3, 221 yards

This hole started the day ranked the third-hardest on the course to play. An omen? Tiger began with his five-iron and slammed the club on the ground after his tee shot landed in the right bunker. Tiger hasn't bogeyed in the tournament yet. Soon? Still in the bunker, he needed to hole out to par but was still a foot and a half off. And there it was: Tiger's first bogey of tournament as he holed the putt. He looked puzzled by that unusual bunker shot. Tiger falls to six-under, five shots behind leader Haas.

10th hole, South Course, Par 4, 416 yards

The back nine starts with a par-four with the pin in the back left corner. Tiger's drive put him in the middle of the fairway. His second shot put him safely on the green, to the right of the hole, about 20 feet away. He was biting his lip as he watched the ball land. He doesn't seem ecstatic. No wonder. No birdie for Tiger, who finishes with a simple 2-footer for par. Tiger is now playing with the co-leader. Anthony Kim birdied this hole and is tied with Bill Haas at 10 under.

9th hole, South Course, Par 5, 614 yards

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