NORTON, Mass. – Though his round was largely marked by missed birdie opportunities for the second consecutive day, Tiger Woods remains very much in the hunt at the Deutsche Bank Championship after posting a 4-under 67 Saturday.
The score left Woods at 7-under 135 through 36 holes, and he will head into Sunday’s third round six shots behind leader Sergio Garcia.
“I hit it decent today, gave myself a few looks. Missed a few,” he explained after the round. “It certainly could have been a lot lower than it was.”
Woods’ ball-striking improved significantly over his first-round effort, as the 14-time major winner reached 16 of 18 greens in regulation during the second round. He was once again unable to convert on several birdie putts from short distance, though, including one from inside 4 feet on the opening hole.
“I had a hard time hitting the putts hard enough. They were a little slower this afternoon,” noted Woods, who took 29 putts during his round Saturday. “I just didn’t hit them hard enough, and they were snagging a little bit with the grain at the end.”
After making the turn in 1-under 35, Woods was able to salvage the round thanks to a trio of birdies across his final six holes, a stretch that was capped by a 35-foot make at the par-5 home hole.
“That was the only putt I made,” he said wryly. “It was kind of nice.”
Tied for 20th after two rounds, Woods is well aware of the aggressive approach that will be required for him to continue his ascent back up the leaderboard across the weekend.
“I’m going to have to go low. It is what it is. There are so many guys out there, and this golf course is soft, it’s gettable,” he added. “I know they tried to put the pins in some more difficult spots, but when it’s warm like this … it’s going to play short. If that’s the case, with soft greens, you can get after this golf course.”