Woods added a second round of 68 to his opening 69 and although now five shots of the pace set by Charley Hoffman he has done enough over his opening two rounds to convince all that this comeback is for real and that he can compete at the highest level again.
Woods faltered a little on the back nine after an outward nine of 31 had him contending for the lead but there is little doubting his readiness for more tournament golf in early 2018 and that golf is ready for him.
“I think it is successful because I went out there and shot 31 on the front nine and built upon what I did yesterday,” responded Woods when asked how he rated the round.
“The only thing I struggled with was the speed of the greens. I blew most of them past the hole. I made a few coming back but also missed my share.”
“No issues at all,” he added when asked as to his body and fitness. “I played nine straight days at home before coming here and that’s one of the reasons I did just that. My body is accustomed to playing.”
Hoffman, at 12 under, leads by three over Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood with a further shot back to Justin Rose while Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Francesco Molinari, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar are in a share of 5th at 7 under.
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