Woods, whose legend includes overcoming a seven-shot deficit with seven holes to play in the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, struggled to a 1-over-par 73 at Spyglass Hill Friday, and enters the weekend at 1-under 143.
I havent played very well at all, he said. But, got it around somehow and didnt hurt myself.
Woods is 12 shots back of halfway leader Pat Perez. Perez shot a second-round 7-under 65 at Pebble Beach to move to 13-under 131.
For the first time in competition, Woods is using a Nike driver. Its similar to the Titleist 975D he has been using, but with a thinner beta-titanium face.
I just wanted to get a little more distance, to keep up with the young pups,' he said. 'I'm getting old.'
Woods still uses Titleist irons and wedges. He switched to the Nike Tour Accuracy ball nearly two years ago.
Tigers problems, thus far, havent been off the tee. Hes not hitting his iron shots close to the hole, and even when he does, the inconsistent, bumpy greens are an issue.
Its not too often I get nervous over a two-footer, he said. Its frustrating at times when you hit good putts and they dont go in.
On a positive note, Woods still has a possible two rounds remaining at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the easiest of the three courses. He shot 2-under 70 in the first round at Poppy Hills. He made three birdies and four bogeys Friday at Spyglass.
Im looking forward to getting over there, Woods said in reference to Pebble Beach.
If Tigers pro-am partner, Jerry Chang, had his druthers, the two would play one more round at Spyglass.
Chang, who set the front-nine scoring record with a 6-under 30 from the amateur tees at Spyglass a year ago, was 4-under on his own ball over the first nine Friday (Tiger shot 35). Thanks to his play, he and Woods are still in the hunt to defend their team title. The two stand at 13-under 131.
He plays Spyglass unbelievably well, Woods said of his former college roommate. I dont know what it is about this place. Its the hardest golf course out here and he plays it well every year.'
Perez plays Spyglass in round three.
Full-field scores from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am