Brandel Chamblee is now driving the Tiger Woods Hype Train

Feb 25, 2018, 00:12
Brandel Chamblee is now driving the Tiger Woods Hype Train

Luke List took advantage of the first tee time of the day to post a 4-under round of 66 on Friday and shares the lead with Jamie Lovemark after two rounds of the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. "I'm trying to make a lot of pars, maybe sprinkle in a birdie here or there". A terrific tee shot into the penultimate hole - like 15, a dicey par three - preceded crowd chants of "Tiger, Tiger".

His only bogey came on his ninth hole, the par-five 18th. Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and South African Louis Oosthuizen all shot 72s to join Belgium's Thomas Pieters (70) in a quartet tied for seventh on 139. His birdie count jumped from two to five in Round 2 and is only four shots out of the lead. Woods has encountered far worse in recent times than the a bite from the Bear Trap - PGA National's infamous set of three holes from the 15th - but what transpired there stung nonetheless.

Only 10 players are in red numbers after 36 holes.

Rickie Fowler, the defending champion, carded a 76 to miss the cut at seven over.

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Beginning the tournament on the back nine, Woods reached 2-under with birdies on two of his first four holes.

Tiger's iron game was strong as well, as he found 11 of 18 greens with his "stellar" play, said Chamblee. But for the first time this year, a PGA Tour event does not have one of the world's top three players.

"It's kind of irrelevant because there's going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead", List said.

"This is a hard golf course right now", Woods told reporters after Friday's round. "It's going to be that type of week".

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Both he and Noren finished with five birdies and a bogey to lead a pack of five by one stroke. 10 and 12, sandwiched around a 12-foot par save.

Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the risky 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt. Woods has routinely commented on the sand on the putting surfaces preventing players from spinning the ball, and almost every player has mentioned how hard the greens have become as the week has progressed.

Rory McIlroy also made the cut at four over but the rest of the Irish challengers will have the weekend off.

For Woods, it may be the start of something bigger than he is used to as the Tour heads toward its Florida swing. Thomas made 17 pars and a double bogey when he three-putted from six feet on No. 16.

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"I'm learning how to play tournament golf again", Woods said. He needed a mere 12 putts through his first nine holes, per ESPN.com's Bob Harig, which helped to set the tone for the round.

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