Tiger Woods carded a two-under 70 on Day 2 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill to remain four strokes off the lead, which is held by Justin Rose and Bill Haas at nine under overall.
Woods was just one shot back entering the par-five 16th hole playing alongside the leading Englishman.
Unfortunately, once his tee shot on the reachable hole found the right fairway bunker, it led to a sequence of events in which Woods bogeyed the final three holes.
From that position off the tee, an uncharacteristically chunky shot found the water short of the green, and he failed to get up and down for par. Considering he eagled that hole the previous day, it was quite the letdown.
It carried over to the next two holes, where Woods pull-hooked his six-iron on the par-three No. 17 up against the grandstands over the green. That led to another bogey after his chip rolled through the green. Another wayward tee shot at the last hole resulted in another missed green and a bogey.
But it wasn't a complete disappointment for the seven-time winner of this event on Friday. Woods birdied the opening hole and then eagled the par-five No. 6 thanks to a phenomenal 215-yard approach that settled eight feet from the cup.
Birdies at No. 11 and No. 13 got Woods to eight under, courtesy of two stellar mid-range putts. Three bad swings essentially cost him three shots down the stretch.
The final dropped stroke may prove extremely critical, as it dropped Woods out of the top five. That's a very significant position for Woods to be in if history is any indication, according to ESPN's Justin Ray:
Justin Ray @JustinRayGC
Since 2000, @TigerWoods has been inside top-5 @APinv entering weekend five times. Went on to win all 5 events.2013-3-22 20:02:15
That's right: Woods is five-for-five when he's in the top five. Not a bad track record at all, but he's in a tie for seventh, which will only add to the drama as moving day unfolds Saturday.
Woods' swing was in rhythm most of the day, but a couple of missed short putts prevented the living legend from a better finish. The weather began to parallel the direction of his game near the end of the round. When play was wrapping up, rain began hitting the Orlando course very hard.
That worked against Woods coming in, but with the softer conditions Saturday, the course should be more susceptible to lower scores. And there's no one who knows how to get it done on the weekend at Bay Hill quite like Woods, as he seeks his 77th PGA Tour win and third victory of the 2013 season.
Here is a look at some of Woods' best highlights on the day, courtesy of PGATOUR.com.
Here is the aforementioned eagle made by Woods early in the round at the par-five No. 6, which gave him plenty of momentum.
A nice approach shot over the water at No. 11 set up a putt below the hole, which Woods then jarred to pick up another shot on Rose.
Woods left himself some work above the hole at the 370-yard No. 13 but still managed to capitalize on the short par-four by slickly rolling this putt in.
Note: For complete scores, visit PGA.com.
|T1||Justin Rose ||65-70||-9|
|T1||Bill Haas ||69-66 ||-9|
|3||John Huh ||67-69||-8|
|T4||Jimmy Walker ||69-69||-6|
|T4||J.J. Henry ||71-67 ||-6|
|T4||Ken Duke ||70-68 ||-8|
|T7||Tiger Woods ||69-70||-5|
|T7||Vijay Singh ||71-68 ||-5|
|T7||Mark Wilson ||71-68 ||-5|