Tiger Woods at AT&T National 2012 Tracker: Day 2 Highlights Updates and Analysis
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Tiger Woods shot an opening-round one-over-par 72 at the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club.
He is five shots behind first-round leader Bo Van Pelt and will start his second round on the 10th tee at 7:50 AM ET.
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Tiger Woods played a very sound second round on Friday at the AT&T National.
He posted a 3 under-par 68 which gives him 2 under-par for the tournament and just three shots behind the leaders.
He made two all world saves at No. 14 and 15 after driving in the rough.
His subsequent eagle at the par-5 No. 16 was his only non-par on his first nine holes.
He made a bogey and two more birdies on the front nine.
Woods is in touch with the leaders and if the conditions stay as firm and fast as they currently are low scores will be hard to come by on the weekend.
6 or 7 under-par could win on Sunday.
Pars are precious at Congressional this week.
Tiger needs to hit a couple more fairways but the rest of his game looks solid.
He should be a very big factor on Sunday.
No. 9 at Congressional is a 636 yard par-5 with a deep ravine in front of the green. Most players are forced to lay up on the second shot and hit wedge into the green.
Tiger hit his drive 346 yards into the intermediate cut on the right side of the fairway.
He will have 252 yards remaining to the green.
Tiger has attacked the green with his second but came up a little short. He will have 35 yards left to the hole for his third shot.
He was left with 15 feet to the hole missed the birdie putt and made his par.
Tiger posts a -3 par 68, moves to -2 for the tournament and is currently T-8 three shots behind the leaders.
With just two holes remaining in his second round Tiger could use two birdies.
No. 8 is a short 354 yard par-4. Position off the tee will set up a short wedge to the green.
Tiger laid up to a perfect yardage 137 yards.
He hit his wedge shot to two feet and made the easy birdie.
Tiger is now -3 under for his round and -2 for the tournament and into T-8 place.
No. 7 at Congressional is a 177 yard par-3.
Bunkers guard the front of the green a good iron will be rewarded with a birdie opportunity.
Tiger's tee shot found the green but he will have an 18 foot putt for birdie.
He left his birdie putt 3 feet short but was able to get that in for his par.
He is -2 for the day and -1 for the AT&T National.
The 555 yard No. 6 is the first par-5 hole on the front nine and only the second par-5 of Tiger's round.
It is a tight driving hole and water protects the front right of the green.
Tiger needs to take advantage of this hole and pick up another birdie.
His pulled drive of 314 yards is the worst of the day and is way left in the trees.
He was able to hit his second shot to pin high left of the green.
His chip shot ended up just under 9 feet from the hole.
He was unable to get the birdie putt to fall and has to settle for a par.
He will remain at -1 for the tournament and T-10 now four shots behind the leader Brendon DeJonge and Jimmie Walker.
Tiger has hit the fairway at the 413 yard par-4 No. 5.
His drive of 283 yards will leave him only 122 yards to the hole.
He is set up perfectly for his first birdie of the day.
Tiger has had 11 pars, one bogey, and one eagle through 13 holes today.
With two par-5 holes remaining in his last four holes he could still turn in a very good score today and move into position for the weekend.
He knocked his second to 7 feet for the birdie.
Tiger made the birdie putt and gets back to -2 for the round and -1 for the tournament.
No. 4 at Congressional is another long dog leg right 470 yard par-4 with overhanging trees guarding both sides of the landing area in the fairway.
Precision, as well as, length are a requirement off the tee.
Tiger's drive of 310 yards has just crept into the left rough.
Will he be able to get his second shot of 164 yards onto the putting surface?
The rough this week at Congressional is so penal that Tiger is unable to find the green and comes up 17 yards short of the green.
He will need to make another up and down to save his par.
Tiger's short game is proving to be an adventure this week. He leaves his short chip more than 10 feet from the hole.
Two poor bunker shots and a couple below average chips on Thursday proved to costly in his first round 72.
He spent considerable time working on chipping after the first round. It doesn't appear that it helped.
Tiger makes the 10 footer for par.
Move quickly to the next tee.
He has made some great saves today.
Getting the most from his round thus far.
Tiger has found the fairway at the par-4 third hole.
His 312 yard drive will leave him 154 yards to the green.
The second shot ended up on the green and he will have just under 14 feet for birdie.
This could get Tiger back into red numbers for the tournament.
Tiger missed his birdie putt, made his par and will move to No. 4.
Tiger will now move to the 233 yard par-3 No. 2 the third toughest hole on the course.
Six bunkers protect the front left and right of the severely sloping tiered green.
A high soft cut is the preferred shot into the green.
Tiger's tee shot found the green but is some 33 feet from the hole.
He will face a treacherous downhill breaking putt.
His birdie putt came up slightly short and will have 2 feet for his par.
Tiger makes par and moves onto the third hole at -1 for the day and even for the tournament.
Tiger has missed yet another fairway at the short par-4 first hole.
He will have 170 yards remaining from the left rough.
He will need to find more fairways if he is to contend on the weekend at Congressional AT&T National.
Tiger was forced to layup once again to avoid finding the green side bunkers.
He was left with a third from 43 yards and chipped to 6 feet from the hole.
Can he make his par saving putt?
He rapped his par putt 2 feet past the hole and made that for bogey.
He has his first bogey of the day and falls back to Even par for the tournament.
No. 18 at Congressional is a 523 yard par-4 that plays downhill. It requires a draw through a tight chute of trees. The second shot will be to a peninsula green that offers a narrow target and has severe slope.
A good tee shot makes yields a short second for a possible birdie. Miss the fairway and the hole becomes a bogey at best.
Tiger hit his drive 331 yards but into the right rough.
He will have a good angle to the back left pin placement but has 157 yards remaining from a rough lie.
Can he keep his front nine card bogey free?
His second flew over the green and found the thick rough just short of the back bunker.
Woods was able to get his chip to within a foot of the hole and tapped in for par.
He will post a -2 round of 33 and will now turn to the front nine to complete his round.
No. 17 requires a precise tee shot which will leave 150 yards to the green.
If the drive is played too long it will find a steep down-slope with thickish rough.
Tiger's safe drive of 238 yards will leave him 190 yards to the well bunkered green.
His second shot found the green but he will have a 41 foot fast downhill putt for birdie.
The birdie putt does not drop and he will have slightly over 2 feet remaining for his par.
He makes his par putt.
He is -2 for the day and -1 for the tournament and has moved into a tie for 10th place.
Tiger only has the par-4 18th to complete the first nine holes of his second round.
No. 16 is the only par-5 on the back nine at Congressional, but it is hardly a guaranteed birdie.
It plays 579 yards uphill. The tee shot hits into an up-slope and will leave a demanding second shot that for most will require a lay up.
Tiger's 339 yard drive found the fairway and he will have 245 yards remaining to the hole.
He attacked this par-5 with his second, found the green and will have a 48 foot eagle putt.
He has made the eagle putt and jumps to -2 for his round and -1 for the tournament.
His par saves on the last two holes plus this eagle at No. 16 has saved him four shots total.
This might just be what he needs to kick start the balance of his round and week.
Hole No. 15 on the Blue Course at Congressional is ranked as the most difficult for the members on the back nine.
It is a 490 yard par-4 with four fairway bunkers protecting the right side of the fairway.
The location of the back tee demands a draw around the trees to find the fairway.
The second shot will be uphill to a three tiered, angled green, protected by four bunkers.
Easy Huh? I think not.
Tiger has hit his drive 259 yards into the left rough and will have over 242 yards to the green.
He will be forced to lay up once again on a par-4.
His second finds the fairway and he will need to get up and down from 93 yards to save another par.
Tiger has hit another good wedge shot to within 6 feet.
He is able to get the par putt to fall and saves yet another par after being forced to lay up after a drive into the rough.
If he can get anything going on the front side and post a good score he can look back at these two par saves on No. 14 and 15 as the key to his round.
With the tall thick rough this week at Congressional it is mandatory to find fairways.
Tiger's fifth hole of the day will be the 467 yard par-4 No. 14. It is ranked as the fourth most difficult and provides a true test for the field.
Tiger hit less than driver but missed the fairway some 254 yards off the tee.
He has 214 yards remaining from the penal rough at Congressional.
Tiger was forced to lay up from a bad lie and will have 77 yards remaining to the green.
He was able to hit his third shot to within three feet and must make this putt to save his par and remain even on his round.
Tiger made the par putt and makes a wonderful saving par here at No. 14.
It keeps his round unblemished and keeps him at one over-par for the tournament.
No. 13 at Congressional is a 193 yard par-3.
The pin today is tucked into the back left corner tight behind a huge bunker.
Tiger's tee shot flew 197 yards and found the back left fringe.
He will have 24 feet for birdie.
Tiger was able to get his birdie putt to within one foot and tapped in for his fourth consecutive par.
No. 12 at Congressional is a dog leg left par-4 and is ranked as the eighth most difficult hole.
Tiger laced his drive 265 yards and found the center of the fairway.
He found the green with his second shot from 140 yards and had a 21 foot putt for his fist birdie of the second round.
He ran his birdie putt five inches past the hole and tapped in for par.
Tiger appears to be in control of his long game today and is now even par through his first three holes.
Congressional is playing firm, fast, and tough. Pars have value and Tiger is in good shape with this start.
Hole No. 11 at Congressional is the ranked as the hardest hole on the golf course.
It is a 489 yard par-4 with trees along the left side, a creek bordering the right side and a fairway that tilts toward the creek.
Players must hit driver and try to fit it into the fairway.
Tiger made bogey on Thursday when his tee shot flew into the water but it hit a rock and bounced out into the rough on Thursday.
Tiger got his revenge today.
He hit his drive 311 yards and just avoided the creek.
His second found the green but was 42 feet from the hole.
Tiger made his two putt and made his par.
He will remain at one over-par for the for the event.
Tiger Woods will open his second round at the AT&T National on the 218 yard par 3 No. 10.
It is the seventh most difficult hole with a scoring average of 3.197 and requires a carry over water to a tiered green.
Woods fired his first shot of the day to the back fringe and will have a 15 foot putt back down the slope for a birdie.
He was able to get his birdie put to within a foot and tap in for his par.
He will now walk over to the difficult 11th tee for a scary tee shot.
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