NORTON, Mass. – Tiger Woods compared his second-round 65 at TPC Boston on Saturday to his matching effort last Thursday at The Barclays and his closing 67 at Ridgewood. Considering Saturday’s conditions and what is on the line this week he was being modest.
Woods’ 6-under card is his first bogey-free effort of what has largely been a forgettable season. That he did it on a golf course made even longer by overnight rains from Hurricane Earl and with swirling winds only added to the degree of difficulty.
“It was a clean card today,” Woods said. “It could have been a little lower, but I’m happy.”
Statistically it’s hard to imagine how his second round could have been much better. By his own estimate he “didn’t miss a shot for the first six holes” and hit just one bad putt (a block at the 16th hole).
He hit 11 fairways, 14 greens and needed just 27 putts. But after opening with a 4-under 32 on the front nine, Woods missed birdie putts from 15 feet at Nos. 12, 15 and 17, 6 feet at the 16th and an eagle attempt from 30 feet at the last.
It was a far cry from his opening-round 72 on Friday that could have been much worse had he not rallied from a 4-over start.
“I understood what my fix was going to be,” said Woods, who moved well inside the cut line and is currently tied for 29th place.
PGA Tour models estimate Woods must finish better than 53rd to maintain his spot in the top 70 and advance to the BMW Championship, which he hasn’t missed since 2002.