Published: 8/05/2010 at 10:51 AM
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Tiger Woods will make the halfway cut at the Players Championship but will start the third round nine strokes off the lead held by England's Lee Westwood.
Tiger Woods plays his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of The Players Championship held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods will make the halfway cut at the Players Championship but will start the third round at least nine strokes off the lead.
Woods made sure he would be working the weekend when he carded a respectable one-under 71 in the second round at the Sawgrass TPC.
Even though he failed to take advantage of benign morning conditions, it at least was another step in the right direction after he missed the cut at the PGA Tour event in Charlotte last week.
Speculation was rife pre-tournament that Woods would miss two successive cuts for the first time in his career, but he quite easily survived.
"I wasn't quite as sharp today as yesterday," Woods said after recording a three-under 141 total.
"I was just kind of outside that birdie-able range with my iron shots. I felt like I putted better, but unfortunately I was just a little bit too far away from the holes."
Woods, as one would expect, was not ready to concede the leaders were out of reach.
"You've still got to put together 36 good holes and see what happens. Hopefully, this golf course will toughen up a little bit," he said.
Woods was speaking as Westwood carded 65 to lead at 12-under 132 with half the field back in the clubhouse.
That lead stood up, and Westwood went into the weekend one stroke ahead of Italian Francesco Molinari (65), Japan's Ryuji Imada (66) and American Heath Slocum (66).
Woods' round was pretty steady apart from a double bogey at the par-four 14th, where he blocked his drive so far right that it ended in a water hazard next to the adjacent 12th hole.
Woods said he realized during his downswing that his club was in the wrong position, but he couldn't stop his swing in time.
"I got to the point where I was actually past that point and I couldn't stop," he said.