At promptly 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Woods missed that subtly breaking putt, then closed with a birdie and three pars to post a 2-under 69 in increasingly windy conditions at Liberty National.
“Well, I hung in there. I got off to a great start in yesterday's second round. As I said yesterday, I lost it in the middle but started to get it back at the end and I got one today, which was nice. Now I'm resting up right now, I'm only five back.”
Coupled with an opening 67, the round left him five strokes behind current leader Matt Kuchar entering the third round, which is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m., with the final tee time around 12:45 p.m.
Woods’ lone birdie of the continued second round came at the par-4 17th hole, where he drained a 13-foot putt.
If there was an advantage to seeing the course early in the day, it’s that he knows the conditions he’ll face for the upcoming third round. When asked if he has a target score in mind for the afternoon, Woods simply answered, “Yes.” When pressed for what that number might be, he simply smiled and said, “I’m not telling you.”