Woods over neck problem, ready for Masters

Tiger Woods prepares to catch a ball tossed by his caddied on the second day of competition of the WGC-Mexico Championship golf tournament at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City. Woods says a sore neck that

Woods' previous worst score on the hole was a double-bogey 5, carded four times during 17 previous appearances (and 68 rounds) including the final round in 2018.

The two-time Players Championship victor got close, bouncing back with a pair of birdies and no bogeys on his back nine to shoot 1-under 71 in Round 2. "Anyone who makes the cut has a chance".

He'll likely make one more pre-Masters start after leaving Ponte Vedra Beach, and the fact that he made the Players cut means a return to the Valspar Championship next week is likely out.

Playing first in his group, Woods took dead aim at the back right pin 146 yards away and tugged his tee shot left. It went through the rough, across a wood beam and plunked into the water.

At one under par Woods trailed leader Kevin Kisner by seven shots, Kisner having picked up four shots in his first 10 holes to lead by one from compatriots Luke List and Keegan Bradley, Scotland's Russell Knox and England's Tommy Fleetwood. I wanted him to take a look at it and see what he thought of where my setup looked like now versus all the times that I've putted well, and I've putted well with different postures throughout my career. He said the others in his group got a read off from his shot. Woods says with a fused lower back, the stress from a golf swing has to go somewhere. But he was the first to play.

Woods then moved to the drop area and powered his short approach through the green and into the water a second time. Woods had a sand wedge and again hit it too strong, as the ball bounced once and into the water.

The worst score by a Players victor at the 17th was a triple-bogey 6 in 2000 by Hal Sutton, who beat Woods by a shot. On the back, you need to get after it early on 10, 11, 12 because from 13 on it gets a lot tougher.

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"I was determined to get it all back and get it back to five (under); I thought that would have been a hell of a fight", he said.

Although well back of the lead, the 80-time PGA Tour victor predicted a volatile weekend at TPC Sawgrass with a forecasted change in wind direction and colder weather.

He would recover to play the rest of the round in two under under to post a one-under 71.

"I'm very happy with the way I've been grinding around this golf course". "I felt like I was able to get up there, and I felt comfortable". Overall, I think I've putted pretty solidly.

"I really haven't done a whole lot wrong", he said, except for the one hole.

He had no excuses for what happened at 17. Four weeks off was always going to be not created to play well necessarily at Bay Hill. (Having) four weeks off was always going to be created to not necessarily play well at Bay Hill, it's created to kick into effect in a few weeks' time.

"You have to overcome that part of it", Woods said. "But we all know if you land it up on top, it's got a good chance of getting out of here".

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