Tiger Woods is sitting on the cut-line seesaw through 36 holes at the Players Championship.
After shooting an even-par 72 on Thursday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Woods came back in Round 2 and mustered a pair of birdies and a single bogey to move to one-under par overall.
That unspectacular showing, which was defined by a bit of shoddy iron and wedge play, left Woods right on the cut line and nine shots back of the lead entering the clubhouse.
The 14-time major champion opened his morning with six straight pars on the back nine, and it wasn't until the par-five 16th that he was able to mark down a birdie on his scorecard:
However, a sudden charge didn't materialize despite that brief move into red figures.
Woods followed up with a par on the famed island green at No. 17 and a bogey on the par-four 18th, at which point a missed cut officially came into play:
A big run continued to elude Woods on the front nine as he misfired on a handful of mid-range birdie attempts that could have ignited a scoring surge.
"I was just a touch off today," Woods said, according to Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker. "I didn't make any birdies. I had my chances."
Perhaps the only encouraging sign was that he was able to make light work of the par-three third and move back on to the cut line at one-under par:
And while Woods nearly added to his tally with a spectacular 40-foot birdie at No. 8, gravity refused to cooperate, and he was forced to settle for another par:
The par-five ninth—which Woods eagled on Thursday—offered another chance to break away from the cut line and bolt further into red numbers. But as was the case all day long, he couldn't tame things with his wedges or putter and walked away with par.
Now, Woods will sit and wait.
If the cut line holds steady at one-under, he'll qualify for the weekend and have an opportunity to hone every facet of his game with a fresh 36 holes ahead.
Should the cut line shift a stroke to two-under, however, Woods will head home early and continue preparations for next month's U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.