Following Tiger: Woods 6-under after two rounds

Note: We’ll use the Scoreboard to update those following this blog. AJC reporters Henry Unger and Chip Towers are on the course and will come back with detail after the front nine. Day 2 photos are here. Tiger-exclusive photos here.

No. 18 . Par 4, 465 yards
>> After a very good tee shot, Woods was about two clubs short with his approach shot. As he walked toward the green, there was lots of applause and shouts of encouragement from a packed area surrounding the green and going down the fairway. Woods managed to two putt from more than 50 feet away to finish with a par and stay at 6-under for the tournament. He shot a 2-under-par 70 on the day.
Shortly after finishing, Woods told reporters the course was tougher to play today than it was Thursday. He said the greens were faster and the winds were blowing stronger.

No. 17. Par-4, 440 yards.
>> The area around the 17 green and 18 tee was flooded with people, partly because the 8th tee is also nearby. In fact, as Woods was studying his putt on the green, Phil Mickelson teed off on No. 8 to a roar of approval. Woods then parred the hole.
No. 16. Par-3, 170 yards.
>> Par for Woods.
No. 15. Par-5, 530 yards.
>> Birdie. Tiger reaches in 2 shots, just off the back of the green. Flubs a pitch to some degree but “saves” birdie with a tough putt. He’s at 6-under and three off the lead.
No. 14. Par-4, 440 yards.
>> Woods pars. Remains 5-under for the tournament.
No. 13. Par-5, 510 yards.
>> Tiger Woods made a pretty long putt for birdie. He’s at 5-under and three back of co-leaders Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood at this point.
No. 12. Par-3, 155 yards.
>> Made par. Tee shot went right, and Tiger two putted from the fringe.
No. 11. Par-4, 505 yards.
>> Tiger pars this mammoth hole. He trails current leader Lee Westwood by 4 strokes.
No. 10. Par-4, 495 yards.
>> Starts off the back nine with a par.

Two overall impressions from the front nine: Much thicker crowds today following Woods around the course. Some walkways are totally full during Wood’s transition from one hole’s green to the other’s tee box. On some walkways, you have to wait in line to move.

Also, lots of applause for Woods as he walks throughout the course. He has been regularly acknowledging the fans by touching his hat or waving his hand. Have not heard any cat-calls yet. – Henry Unger

No. 9. Par-4, 460 yards
>> Woods made par to close out a front-nine, even-par 36. Funny incident in Wood’s group. Matt Kuchar hit his ball in a fan’s drink cup during his approach shot to the green. That’s one way to get it in the cup. Lots of laughter at the green and Kuchar used a towel to wipe it off. He then made a nice putt that just missed, followed by a tap in.
No. 8. Par-5, 570 yards
>> After a decent drive onto the fairway, Woods had a 60-foot putt that fell about a foot short of the cup. Remains two shots back at 4-under. Woods and his group had to contend with strong wind gusts at the green.
No. 7. Par-4, 450 yards
>> Wood’s approach shot landed right between two bunkers and close to the green. Another par for Woods here. Even for the day. 2 shots back.
No. 6. Par-3 180 yards.
>> Woods remains 4-under, at this point chasing Fred Couples and Ricky Barnes at 6-under. His putt came real close for a tap in.
No. 5. Par-4, 455 yards.
>> After his bogey and a little warmer weather, Woods exchanged his long-sleeve sweater for a short-sleeve version before teeing off. His second shot landed in a difficult spot off the green, but he managed to salvage the hole for par. One fan commented: “Good save there, good save.” He parred it yesterday too. All even for the day,
No. 4. Par-3, 240 yards.

>> Woods biggest problem of the day so far as officials made substantial changes from yesterday. The tee box was moved up considerably and the hole was placed in a much different place. With the wind blowing, Woods decided to change his club at the last-second on his approach shot and ended up in a tough spot near a narrow strip beside a bunker. To save par, he needed to make about a 10-foot putt over the bunker. He just missed, for his only bogey so far. He’s back to 4-under in the tournament. This has been his nemesis hole all week, including the practice rounds.
No. 3. Par-4, 350 yards.
>> Woods pars. He’s 1-under for the day, 5-under for tournament. Thick crowds on nearby No. 4 trying to get looks at Woods putting on this hole.
No. 2. Par-5, 575 yards.
>> After his tee shot during Woods’ walk down the fairway, a fan yells out “go Stanford.” A delighted Woods smiles broadly. He had more to smile about after getting a birdie to lots of applause. He’s at 5-under (among 6 currently at 5-under).
No. 1. Par-4, 445 yards.
>> Woods’ second round got off to a precarious start. He hooked his opening tee shot well left of the No. 1 fairway. But the end result was the same as Thursday. He managed to walk away with par.

Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at 10:35 a.m. on Friday. He started the day at 4-under after his first-round 68.

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April 9th, 2010
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