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Honda Classic 2012: Tiger Woods and Other Outsiders You Can't Dismiss

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 01:  Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the third hole during the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National on March 1, 2012 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMarch 2, 2012

Day 2 of the Honda Classic isn't almost at a wrap, and as American Tom Gillis currently holds the top spot at eight under, there is always the possibility that an outsider has a chance to make their way to the top as the weekend approaches.

Certain golfers just always know how to come through when it matters most, and those guys tend to make their way into Day 4, as they become the talk of the cooler.

Anybody can have a great round, or even a bad round at that, so there is no guarantee that Gillis' current lead will even stand after Day 3 or 4.

The following guys are sitting outside of the Top-10 going into Day 3, but they can never be dismissed going into the most important days of the tournament.

 

Jim Furyk, -2 Through Seven on Day 2

MARANA, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Jim Furyk hits an approach shot on the second hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on February 22, 2012 in Marana, Arizona.  (Photo by Andy L
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While Furyk is still hitting the links, he is currently sitting tied for 25th at two under for the tournament. With the whole back nine ahead, Furyk can make a serious run at reaching the near top of the board.

At 41 years old, he continues to be a perennial threat year in and year out, and it is no different here at the Classic. His Day 1 score of 68 was quite impressive given the field, but today he is just shooting par. 

It will remain to be seen how he will fare on the back nine, but for now Furyk looks as if he can stay in the thick of things.

 

Ernie Els, -2 Through Day 2

MARANA, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Ernie Els of South Africa hits an approach shot on the second hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on February 22, 2012 in Marana, Arizona.
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Els is another veteran who consistently shows strong results on the PGA Tour. His day one score of 70 wasn't anything that jumps off the page, but his Day 2 outing of a 68 is definitely a move in the right direction.

Els is sitting back here with a ton of veterans, many of which won't scale back in their efforts to climbing the board.

The first two rounds could have actually gone well for Els, but his four bogeys definitely don't help the fact that he has had five birdies.

He can only hope that Day 3 will have the same results, but without the bogeys.

 

Tiger Woods, -1 Through Day 2

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 02:  Tiger Woods hits his approach shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Honda Classic at PGA National on March 2, 2012 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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While Woods sits the farthest back of the three, one just can never bet against the former No. 1 player.

This tournament has been inconsistent thus far for Woods, but he has had decent results on Day 2 posting a round of 68 after a day one score of 71.

The only problem with his most recent round was his inability to avoid silly mistakes, as he posted a double bogey on a par three.

Woods can always fight back, and the weekends are always his best showing. It will remain to be seen though if that Tiger will show up.

 

Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.

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