Woods said Wednesday he was hoping to take in the Cardinal's weekend football game against Colorado. The two-hour, 20-minute fog delay Friday morning, however, will prevent Woods from at least catching the kickoff of the contest.
Perhaps a consolation prize came to Woods in his Friday gallery en route to a 3-under 68 at CordeValle. Former Stanford football coach Ty Willingham was an honorary observer for the group. Donning Washington Huskies purple – the color from his last head coaching gig – Willingham received a hug from Woods after the world No. 51 made a closing birdie to get under par for the tournament.
Woods was also trailed by former Stanford teammate and close friend Jerry Chang, something the 14-time major winner clearly noticed while grouped with UCLA stud Patrick Cantlay.
'[I]t's always nice to come back here and to play in front of people I know,' Woods said. 'I saw Coach out here, so it's always good.'
The partisan crowd was a big appeal to Woods 'I think it's awesome because a lot of people are wearing Stanford (gear),” he said. “It's great to have them out here supporting, and it's been a great atmosphere.'
As enjoyable as it was for Woods to see a lot of crimson and visible S's in the crowd, he seems to have made a friend in Cantlay, who trails Woods by two shots after a second-round 74. The two talked at length walking down the fairways on Friday. The chemistry would seem natural given their similar vernacular in describing their opening rounds – and the projected ascension of the 19-year-old.
Woods may have gotten the better of Cantlay over the past two days – 73-68 to 69-74 – but the amateur can retort by claiming a longer cuts-made streak: five to one.