LEMONT, Ill. – After a promising start Friday at the BMW Championship, Tiger Woods backed up.
In fact, he’s figuratively backed himself against the FedEx Cup wall.
With a 1-over-par 72 in the second round’s morning wave, he needs a strong weekend rally to avoid playoff elimination and advance to the Tour Championship. He’s nine shots off the lead and tied for 40th.
Woods must finish among the top five at tournament’s end to advance to the Tour Championship.
“Well, I did it last year on the weekend,” Woods said. “Hopefully, I can do it again.”
Woods rallied on the weekend to win the BMW Championship last year. He shot 62-68 to win by eight shots.
In Woods’ 14 PGA Tour seasons, he’s never failed to qualify for the Tour Championship. He did not play it in ’06, citing fatigue after the Ryder Cup. He missed in ’08 while recuperating from knee surgery.
Woods made birdies at two of his first eight holes Friday, but he shot 38 on his back nine, with a double bogey. He hit eight of 14 fairways, 10 greens in regulation and took 28 putts but blamed putting for his failure to break par for the second straight day.
“I made nothing today,” Woods said. “That pretty much sums it up.”
Woods has complained both rounds about the greens being bumpy and slow.
After making birdies at two of his first eight holes in the second round of the BMW Championship, Woods played his final 10 holes in 3-over.