Tiger Woods likes his chances despite sloppy second round at Bay Hill

Sam Greenwood

Tiger Woods had a sloppy, three-bogey finish to Friday’s second round at Bay Hill but was pleased he ended up only four back of Justin Rose and Bill Haas heading into the weekend.

Tiger Woods was one shot shy of the lead with three holes to go Friday when things at Bay Hill got messy for the defending champion.

Instead of sharing or even grabbing the advantage heading into the weekend, Woods finished the day with three consecutive bogeys for a closing 2-under 70 that included two water balls, a couple of missed two-to-three-footers, and one three-putt. He’ll begin the weekend tied for seventh place at 5-under.

Still, the world No. 2, who would leapfrog Rory McIlroy for the top spot in the world golf rankings with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, liked his chances of catching the co-leaders.

“Now I’m four back,” Woods told reporters after a frustrating end to a soggy day in Orlando. “The good news is we’ve got 36 holes to go. We’ve got a long way to go, and certainly four shots can be made up.”

Despite a scruffy close, Woods believed his game was better on Friday than it was the day before, when he carded a 69 -- though he blamed bad swings on 17 and 18 for putting him out of range with his putter.

What happened on the 511-yard, par-5 16th was just “unfortunate,” he said.

At 5-under for the day and one stroke back, Woods drove into the right fairway bunker, where he faced a 210-yard approach shot from a decent lie. Going for the green, he hit the ball fat and watched as it bounced into a water hazard in front of the putting surface. He made his first bogey of the day when he failed to convert from some 25 feet.

Woods finished up with two more bogeys when he pulled a 6-iron left of the green into heavy rough on the par-3 17th and blocked his drive into the thick stuff on the par-4 18th.

''I've made my share of mistakes on the last few holes the last couple of days, and I need to clean that up,'' said Woods, who, with a win, would join Sam Snead in an elite club as the only two players to win the same tour event eight times.

He had that in mind when he chose to emphasize the pros rather than dwell on the cons of a round that got away.

“I played way better than I scored today. I missed a couple of short ones and I had a rough finish,” Woods said. “The score doesn’t indicate how well I played today, so that’s a good positive.”

More from SB Nation:

Saturday's March Madness TV schedule

Chasing Cinderella: Iona's inspiring run

Printable bracket for March Madness

NFL Mock Draft: Geno Smith's rapid rise

An oral history of Bryce Drew's epic buzzer-beater

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.