Tiger Woods is back in action this week for the first time since missing the cut at the U.S. Open.
The 14-time major champion is competing in the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, an event he hosts just outside of Washington, D.C. Tiger shot an even-par 72 on Thursday, a round featuring 15 pars, two birdies and one double-bogey. He bounced back Friday, firing a 5-under 65 to climb the leaderboard into contention.
Woods last played the event in 2015 when it was held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. He finished in 18th place. He missed the cut the previous year.
Woods tees off at 12:25 p.m. ET alongside Joel Dahmen. Follow along for shot-by-shot analysis of his second round.
Hole 17 – Par 3
Tiger’s tee shot avoids the water and lands safely on the green, leaving a putt for birdie from somewhere around 20-feet.
Leaderboard update: Abraham Ancer is alone atop the leaderboard at 12-under par, followed by Zac Blair, Francesco Molinari and Beau Hossler at 11-under.
Hole 16 – Par 4
Another great tee shot here from Tiger with an iron, right down the left-center of the fairway. Another great wedge into the green, just like earlier in his round. The ball landed behind the cup and spun back within birdie range. He needs this to get back on track. Tiger walks this one in for birdie, now back within four shots of the lead. 3-under thru 16 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 15 – Par 4
Tiger smoked this one off the tee, catching a slope and letting it run another 50 yards. His pitching wedge approach is good, not great, coming to rest about 20-feet from the hole. Another miss left, another two-putt par. This round has really gone downhill on the back-nine. 2-under thru 15 (7-under for the tournament).
Hole 14 – Par 4
The driveable par 4 has given Tiger fits all week, but his 3-wood here lands on the green and trickles off into the rough just off the green. Not a lot of green to work with here, but he should be in birdie range. Whoa now. Tiger hit this one with some pace and it flies out, carrying a lot further than he wanted. Thankfully it had some spin and didn’t go too far, but Tiger has some work to do here for birdie now. He misses this one left. What an awful par. 2-under thru 14 (7-under for the tournament).
Hole 13 – Par 4
Tiger’s accuracy off the tee yesterday was phenomenal, bu the’s struggled today, No. 13 included. His iron misses right and flies behind the gallery. Tiger goes long with his punch out and lands in the rough behind the green. He’s got a plenty of green to work with to get up-and-down, though. Once again Tiger struggles with a pitch form the rough to the green, with this one getting stuck on the edge of the fringe and rough. Tiger goes with putter from there and misses, cleaning up with a bogey. 2-under thru 13 (7-under for the tournament).
Hole 12 – Par 3
Tiger’s 9-iron off the tee lands in the middle-left area of the green, leaving a bit of a lengthy look for birdie with the pin in the back-left. This one was far from easy and Tiger misses, but cleans up again for par. 3-under thru 12 (8-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Brian Gay, Abraham Ancer, Francesco Molinari and Beau Hossler are all tied at 10-under for the lead. Three players are tied for second at 9-under, followed by four tied at 8-under, Tiger included.
Hole 11 – Par 4
Tiger’s tee shot winds up in the first cut left rough, but once again his approach is fantastic. He was pin-seeking here and sticks it within 10-feet. This putt for birdie never really had a chance and ran about 3-4 feet past the hole. He cleans up for par. 3-under thru 11 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 10 – Par 5
Tiger goes 3-wood off the tee but loses this one right in the rough near the gallery. Tiger’s second shot clears the hazard in the middle of the fairway and gets to the other side. His approach lands past the hole and spins back inside 10-feet for another birdie chance. Tiger misses this one short and right, but cleans up for par. 3-under thru 10 (8-under for the tournament).
Thoughts at the turn
This is fun. Tiger is walking putts in and sticking approach shots within 8-feet like it’s nothing. Then he buries a birdie on No. 9 from 26-feet out? He has the feel down with his new mallet putter, but his scrambling after poor tee shots isn’t as good as it has been in the weeks past. You’ve got to think he’s got 65 or 66 was in his head to stay in contention and put pressure on the leaders at the start of his round, but his play on the front nine could push that number even lower.
One thing is for sure: Tiger has his swagger back today.
Hole 9 – Par 3
Tiger plays it safe here with a back pin placement, landing his ball in the middle of the green. He’ll have an uphill look for birdie. From 26-feet away Tiger sticks it like it was a tap-in. 3-under thru 9 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 8 – Par 4
3-wood for TW off the tee but this one goes left into the rough. Another airmail from Tiger in the rough. This one goes over the green and over the cartpath behind it. Tiger goes with a flop-shot here, a high-risk shot and got no reward. He’s still in the rough just off the green. His fourth almost holes out, leaving for a tap-in bogey. Nice up-and-down but a rough way to end a run of four consecutive birdies. 2-under thru 8 (7-under for the tournament).
Hole 7 – Par 4
Tiger goes 3-wood off the tee and was pleading for his golf ball to kick, and it did just that. Landing on the right side of the fairway, Tiger’s ball went for a ride and goes to the center of the short stuff. He brought his A-game today, folks. His approach with pitching wedge lands behind the hole but spins back, leaving for a fourth great look at birdie in a row. Another one (DJ Khaled voice). Four birdies in a row. One shot off the lead. 3-under thru 7 (8-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Abraham Ancer, Brian Gay, Francesco Molinari and Beau Hossler are all tied for the lead at 9-under par. Tiger, Troy Merritt and Zac Blair are T2 at 8-under.
Hole 6 – Par 4
Grip it. Rip it. Twirl it. Tiger smoked his driver and is really feeling it now after a rough bogey on No. 1. He is dialed in right now. His approach lands on the green short and left but rolls within 8-feet once again for a third straight birdie. He took his time reading this one and it pays off. Three birdies in a row, two shots off the lead, 2-under thru 6 (7-under for the tournament).
Hole 5 – Par 4
Another iron off the tee and another fairway for TW. His wedge into the green is just like the last hole, a little left of the cup but well within birdie range. Back-to-back would be huge here for Tiger. From right around six feet Tiger sinks the putt, that’s two in a row, 1-under thru 5 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 4 – Par 4
Much better here off the tee for Tiger with the iron. He plays the hole perfectly, landing his tee shot on a slope and letting it carry into the center of the fairway. His pitching wedge from 150 is just as good, landing just short and left of the hole and spinning back a few feet for a good birdie chance. Chirp-chirp-chirp. Tiger sinks the putt for birdie, getting back to even thru 4 (5-under for the tournament).
Hole 3 – Par 3
It’s a nice day for the beach! Tiger’s tee shot ended up in the bunker, and his out is good, not great, running along the contours of the green. He had some length left for par but Tiger played the break perfectly and dropped the putt. Useful stuff. 1-over thru 3 (4-under for the tournament).
Break in the action fun fact
Tiger is using a custom camouflage bag today, created by Monster Energy, exclusively for this third round at the Quicken Loans National in support of the tournament’s military camouflage day initiative.
Tiger will autograph the bag and then auction it off on Charity Buzz. Proceeds benefit his charity, the TGR Foundation. The auction is currently underway and will remain open for bidding through July 10, 2018. Place your bid here!
Hole 2 – Par 5
Driver on No. 2 for Tiger and once again he loses this one a little right. 270-yards out from the rough, Tiger muscled up and went for it with his second shot but found the greenside bunker. Tiger got out clean and rolled within 8 feet of the cup for birdie. The putt misses just left, leaving a tap-in par. 1-over thru 2 (4-under for the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
And we’re off! Tiger goes 3-wood off the tee and misses this one a little right. He’s in the rough, but it’s not too bad. Oh boy … this one was not good. He launched this from the rough and flew it well over the green. He’s in some trouble on No. 1. His pitch was pretty good given the circumstances, but his putt from about 12-feet lipped out, leaving for a bogey. 1-over thru 1 (4-under for the tournament).