Where the action is at the Honda Classic

by Leon Thompson February 24, 2018, 4:57
Where the action is at the Honda Classic

Large galleries continued to follow Woods, who began the round at even par before a bogey at No. 2.

PGA champion Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Morgan Hoffmann opened with 67 each. List's four-under 66, which he posted early this morning, ended up being the low-round of the field on a day that was highlighted by hard conditions, including high winds and firm greens. "I think today probably played tougher than it did yesterday".

"I thought 5 [iron] is too much, but I can't get 6 there, " Woods said. Weeks like this challenge you to the ultimate level. PGA National's Champion Course has a reputation for being penal - it had the second-most balls hit in the water over the past two seasons (590) - but it is especially tough this year because of strong south Florida winds and some agronomical struggles on the greens that have led to slick putting surfaces.

Added defending champ Rickie Fowler, who missed the cut, in about as sarcastic a tone as you'll ever hear from one of the most polite players on tour: "Everyone is playing the same greens".

"I was trying to just play a little bit of a different shot with the five-iron and sort of cut it in there, and I just got way ahead of it".

Early starter List made five birdies in a four-under 66 to surge up the leaderboard with the low round of the day after he had opened with a one-over 71 on Thursday.

"I'm just being very steady, " he said. One bad hole nearly led Rory McIlroy to have a free weekend, as well. Luke List and Jamie Lovemark shared the 36-hole lead at 3-under 137.

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He has made just six birdies through two rounds and has two double-bogeys on his scorecard but has really played just two bad holes out of 36.

Korda, who is the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda, leads fellow American Brittany Lincicome, who carded a 65 to go 12 under.

Woods had his chances, twice missing birdie putts from inside 10 feet at Nos.

Woods watched Brandt Snedeker nail a 5-iron to a few feet at the 17th, but then the wind backed off. Getting some 15,000 people to quiet down proved almost impossible as Woods tried to figure out what to do. His round appeared to come undone when he found the water on the 15th and made double bogey for the second straight day. A bogey dropped him to two over.

PGA National played more than three strokes over par on Friday, with the 190-yard 17th playing as the most hard hole on the course. Making it even tougher for Woods was that Brandt Snedeker hit 5-iron before him to about six feet.

The 37-year-old believes that would be a good indicator he's getting closer to recapturing the form which has seen him hold the world No.1 spot.

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