He made a soft bogey at the par-4 third, his 12th hole, after apparently misjudging his approach shot and coming up short of the green, from where he hit a poor chip.
After a par at the next, he strode to fifth tee just as a breeze suddenly sprang up, after almost perfect calm conditions for most of the morning.
Woods pulled out a 3-wood at the par-5 hole and found the fairway, setting himself up for a much-needed birdie which gave the subdued gallery something to cheer about.
At 2 under with four holes remaining, he will make the cut barring a late disaster, but faces the prospect of being a considerable distance from the lead.
He currently is 11 strokes behind leader Rickie Fowler, who has one hole remaining.
After a clear morning, thunder clouds are already building and it wouldn't surprise if we have to endure another weather delay before the day is done.