Making his first start since back surgery in March, Woods rallied to card a 3-over 74 in the opening round and sat just one shot outside the cut line when he teed off Friday afternoon. After a 2-over 38 to start his second round, though, he finds himself at 5 over for the week and two shots off the number heading into his second nine.
Woods struggled to get anything going during his outward half at Congressional Country Club. He opened with four consecutive pars before running into trouble on the par-4 fifth hole, where a plugged lie in the bunker led to a double-bogey 6.
He appeared in position to get at least one stroke back after reaching the green at the par-5 sixth in two, but left his lengthy eagle putt well short and then left his birdie putt short as well. He had only 60 yards for his approach to the short par-4 eighth, but made bogey after his pitch got caught up in the back fringe.
Woods pulled his drive left into the trees on the par-5 ninth, but after pitching back to the fairway he found the green with his approach and rolled in a downhill, 26-foot putt for his first birdie of the day.
Woods hit three of seven fairways on his first nine and found six of nine greens in regulation, taking 17 putts. When he made the turn, there were 82 players in position to make the cut at 3 over or better and Woods trailed leader Ricky Barnes by 13 shots.