Woods is 5 photographs behind chief Charley Hoffman, who registered 12 birdies en path to a sixty three. Hoffman (132) holds a 3-shot lead over Jordan Spieth (sixty seven) and England’s Tommy Fleetwood (sixty nine), whereas England’s Justin Rose (sixty eight) one other shot again at eight-beneath.
But even Hoffman’s blistering spherical was overshadowed by Woods, who’s returning after his fourth again surgical procedure. Woods final performed in February previous to an almost 10-month absence.
“I proved that the surgical procedure was profitable,” Woods informed the Golf Channel in a submit-spherical interview. “The rehab has been unbelievable and now we’ve an opportunity to go on the market and play aggressive golf once more.”
Woods recorded one eagle and 4 birdies and in addition had two bogeys throughout Friday’s spherical. He shot a 31 on the entrance 9 and dropped to a 37 on the again aspect.
Placing was an issue for Woods as he was stunned by the quickness of the floor.
“I had a troublesome time all day with my velocity on these greens,” Woods stated. “They appear to be a foot quicker. They have been dry, they have been rolling out and I air-mailed a number of of them properly previous the opening however I actually did wrestle with my velocity.”
Requested if he was near his previous degree of play, Woods shortly halted such chatter.
“I simply got here again so I’ve an extended approach to go and it will take time,” Woods stated. “Much more apply, much more coaching and extra tournaments.”
Woods confirmed he took Advil after the ninth gap. He stated it was on orders of his physician.
He additionally stated he skilled no troubles together with his again after the opening spherical and in addition felt good Friday.
“No points in any respect. None,” Woods stated. “One of many the reason why I performed 9 straight days at house (just lately). My physique is accustomed to enjoying.”
In the meantime, Hoffman birdied every of the ultimate 5 holes to complete off his stellar spherical. His rating might have been decrease if not for 3 bogeys however he was happy together with his strong placing.
“I obtained the ball within the gap and the balls have been stepping into, which was good,” Hoffman stated in an interview with the Golf Channel. “On 17, I used to be capable of make a bunker shot to kind of cap off the day.”
Hoffman welcomed the return of Woods and was impressed with Tiger’s spherical.
“It is good to see once more,” Hoffman stated. “I used to be enjoying with Justin and he is by no means performed with Tiger. He is by no means heard the roars he produces out right here. It’s fairly particular to be on the market and to see Tiger making eagles and birdies and hopefully in rivalry on Sunday.”
Spieth had seven birdies and two bogeys throughout Friday’s spherical. Fleetwood carded seven…