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 5-under 65 to climb into contention on Friday and a 2-under 68 on Saturday.
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 1:20 p.m. ET alongside Bronson Burgoon. Follow along for shot-by-shot analysis of his second round.
Tiger’s 3-under 32 on the front was exactly what he needed to make a run, but just like yesterday, he stumbled at the turn. Without the mistakes for bogey on No. 11 and No. 13, and had he taken advantage of the driveable par 4 14th hole, he might’ve had a good chance to lock in second place. It really wouldn’t have mattered, though, because Francesco Molinari ran away with this one. When Tiger walked off the 18th, Molinari was 21-under par, 8-under thru 14 holes on the day.
A good, not great day for Tiger. Like I said yesterday: If he can get back to being able to close out tournaments and not make costly mistakes, he’ll be a winner on Tour once again.
Thanks for following along, we’ll see you again at The Open at Carnoustie.
Hole 18 – Par 4
He missed right the first three days and this one does the same. Thick rough. Not great. His approach came up short, almost in the same spot he was in Friday when he holed-out for birdie. His pitch is good, not great, running up on the green around 10-feet from the hole. He’ll need that for par. Tiger buried the par putt to seal the deal for a 4-under 66 (11-under for the tournament).
Hole 17 – Par 3
Tiger plays this one safe, landing his tee shot on the green, 20-plus feet from the hole. A safe putt here, minimizing a mistake of getting aggressive on a downhill putt. Tap-in par. 4-under thru 17 (11-under for the tournament).
Hole 16 – Par 4
Tiger pulls his iron here and paints the fairway. Right-center. Fantastic. Tiger’s wedge into the green is pretty good, stopping about 15 feet from the hole. It could be a difficult putt, though. Wow. Where was this a few hours ago?! This putt was not easy, breaking right-to-left and downhill right into the cup. That’s back-to-back birdies. 4-under thru 16 (11-under for the tournament).
Hole 15 – Par 4
Tiger might be letting out his frustrations here, because this drive was crushed down the center of the fairway. His approach is great, landing and coming to rest under 10-feet from the hole. He’ll have a look at birdie after a frustrating back-nine, but it appears to be too little, too late. Tiger hit this one with confidence and it drops for a much-needed birdie. He’s too far back to take the lead, but he’s playing for second here. 3-under thru 15 (10-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: This one’s just about over. Francesco Molinari is cruising through his Sunday round. He’s 19-under par, six-under thru 12 holes and seven shots clear of Abraham Ancer.
Hole 14 – Par 4
His 3-wood to the driveable par 4 that landed 10 feet before the hole but ran into the rough behind the green. Tiger rolls this one to within 3-feet for birdie. And then he missed. This one rolls around the cup and fails to drop. Rough, rough par. 2-under thru 14 (9-under for the tournament).
Hole 13 – Par 4
Just like yesterday, after a great front-nine Tiger struggled into the back. His tee shot landed in the rough near the hazard, making for an awkawrd stance. His approach got out clean but comes up short and in a bunker. His out isn’t great, leaving for a long putt for par. He never gave it a shot but cleans up for bogey. 2-under thru 13 (9-under for the tournament).
Hole 12 – Par 3
Tiger throws a dart at the green here and he needs this birdie putt from around 10-feet to drop if he has any chance at getting something going and pressuring the leaders.Jar. He walks it in with some swagger. Much-needed birdie. 3-under thru 12 (10-under for the tournament).
Hole 11 – Par 4
Solid iron off the tee here for Tiger down the middle of the fairway. Tiger loses his approach into the rough off the green. His chip is … well … bad. He blows this one off the green onto the fringe. He had to go for this one to save par but misses, leaving a momentum-killing tap-in bogey. 2-under thru 11 (9-under for the tournament).
Hole 10 – Par 5
Leaning over a cooler and chatting it up with a worker, Tiger looks really relaxed going into the back. Also: it’s really hot. These guys are drenched! Iron here for Tiger off the tee and he flared this one right. Whoops. His second shot is a great lay-up in the fairway. He’ll have a good angle at the green to get up-and-down for birdie. GET IN THE HOLE! Tiger couldn’t have done any better here, landing the ball behind the cup and spinning it back, just missing the cup. Tiger misses the putt and can’t believe it. Unfortunate par, five shots back. 3-under thru 10 (10-under for the tournament).
Thoughts at the turn
It took some time, but Tiger finally got into rhythm and started dropping putts. A pair of 20-footers at the end of his front-nine and a par on No. 9 gave Tiger some needed momentum going into the back. He’ll need to keep being aggressive if he has any shot to challenge the leaders, who are currently four shots ahead.
Hole 9 – Par 3
Tiger finds the green on No. 9, playing it safe and staying below and left of the hole. This won’t be three in a row, as Tiger’s putt comes to rest around 5 feet from the cup. Not a bad par. 3-under thru 9 (10-under for the tournament).
Hole 8 – Par 4
Back to iron off the tee and it’s another solid shot, this time down the left side of the fairway. Tiger’s 9-iron approach is similar to the last hole in distance, about 20-25 feet from the cup. Here he comes! 28-footer for birdie? No problem. 3-under thru 8 (10-under for the tournament).
Hole 7 – Par 4
Tiger’s 3-wood is perfect down the right side of the fairway. His approach is good, not great, about 20-feet from the hole but it’s a chance at birdie. Wow. Tiger burries this one. Watch. 2-under thru 7 (9-under for the tournament).
Hole 6 – Par 4
Driver here for Tiger and he loves it. Right-center fairway. Useful. Tiger loses his approach a little right, but it’s pin-high. TW gave this one a shot but misses and cleans up for par. 1-under thru 6 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 5 – Par 4
Another iron and this one is smoked down the center. His wedge into the green is long and doesn’t spin back much at all. He’s on the green but has some work to do. Great effort here just lacked speed. Tiger had the right line but comes up short. Another par. 1-under thru 5 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 4 – Par 4
Iron off the tee on No. 4 and Tiger likes it. His ball lands on the right side of the fairway and runs towards the center. Nice shot. He follows that up with a beauty of an 8-iron and sticks it within 10-feet. Another birdie chance for TW from just under 10-feet. This one moved downhill left to right but catches the right edge. A little more pace or a little more left and that drops. Par. 1-under thru 4 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 3 – Par 3
Playing 225-yards today, Tiger finds the green but he’s nowhere near the hole. Not much to say here, two putt par from distance. 1-under thru 3 (8-under for the tournament).
Hole 2 – Par 5
Another drive here on the lone par 5 on the front nine, and Tiger loses this one a little right in the rough. He’ll probably have to lay-up from here, but then again we’re talking about Tiger Woods, so who knows what he’ll do. Of course he goes for it with 3-wood, but he goes a little left with this one. He’s in the long fescue with a bunker between his ball and the green but he’s going aggressive today. He pitches this one perfectly, landing the ball on the green and letting it run towards the hole within a few feet. That’s an easy birdie on No. 2 for Tiger. 1-under thru 2 (8-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Abrahm Ancer and Francesco Molinari have yet to tee off but are still the leaders at 13-under par, followed by Zac Blair and Ryan Armour at 11-under and Andrew Landry at 10-under.
Hole 1 – Par 4
And we’re off once again. Tiger goes driver off the tee here and lands it in the rough but it kicks out into the fairway. Not really sure what happened here as Tiger’s wedge lands well short of the green. Weird start. Tiger’s chip comes up short of the hole from the fringe, leaving some work to do to save par. He converts, avoiding a bogey on No. 1 like yesterday. Even thru 1 (7-under for the tournament).