Tiger Woods on Cut Line After 1-Under in 2nd Round of 2018 Players Championship

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2018

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11:  Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the 13th tee during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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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. 

Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

Tiger hit 8 of 14 fairways today, 12 greens and took 29 putts.

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: 


Heading to 17 with momentum. @TigerWoods makes his first birdie of the day. #LiveUnderPar https://t.co/AvS3RWjtDJ

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: 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

At even par overall, Tiger Woods sits 1 stroke shy of the projected cut line. Woods has never officially missed the cut at THE PLAYERS. This is his 18th appearance, and the only times he failed to play all 72 holes were 2010 and 2011 (WD due to injury).

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: 


You can't play a par 3 much better than this. #LiveUnderPar https://t.co/5XheMfbpJT

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: 


So close to the loudest roar of the week. #QuickHits https://t.co/ka2JtGskLa

The par-five ninth—which Woods eagled on Thursdayoffered 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.

Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

Tiger won’t be happy with iron play today, with wedge play, or with putting, but he should be happier with his play off the tees.

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.   


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