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Tiger Woods stumbles during Arnold Palmer Invitational with even-par second round


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ORLANDO — Tiger Woods had all going in a right instruction in his latest lapse to rival golf.

Then, on Friday, he couldn’t get anything going.

After a plain 4-under-par 68 in a opening round, Woods shot an even-par 72 in a second turn underneath splendid skies during Bay Hill and remained during 4 underneath by 36 holes of a Arnold Palmer Invitational, that he has won a record 8 times. He’ll start Saturday’s third turn seven shots behind a lead set by Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau, who shot 69 and 66, respectively.

Woods started a day with a spook when he found difficulty with his tee shot, putted his turn off a immature on a ninth hole to make another spook and finished with usually dual birdies.

“Today was a tough fight,” pronounced Woods, who tied for second final week in a Valspar Championship, his best outcome given 2015. “It was a grind. It wasn’t sharp, yet we hung in there and usually kept harsh divided and chipped divided during a golf course. we didn’t strike a turn close, we didn’t strike a turn well, yet we was usually unresolved in there, unresolved in there and usually try not to fire myself out of a tournament.

“I suspicion something in a red would be good and we usually wasn’t utterly means to do it, yet came close.”

And that was Woods articulate about a positives he took divided from his round.

Then again, there weren’t many good shots to speak about. Certainly, not a iron off a tee during 1 that found difficulty and led to a bogey. Not a terrible 9-iron he strike from a center of a fairway on a ninth that led him to regulating a dabble 3 times — his initial putt went off a immature — and another bogey. Not a bad crowd he strike from 106 yards on a 13th that went over a green.

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“I didn’t strike anything close. we had a integrate wedges in my palm and didn’t strike them within 20 feet,” Woods said. “It was a small off currently and a usually thing that we felt unequivocally good with was my putter. Even yet we blew it off a immature on 9, we strike a pleasing second putt and a dabble was releasing and flowing, unequivocally felt good. But we usually couldn’t get to a greens quick enough.

“Today was usually a bad day. we didn’t unequivocally feel all that gentle with a lot of my suit today. It wasn’t sharp, it wasn’t crisp, and we consider it was foul in a whole group. We all mishit a lot of golf shots currently in a group. But we all hung around and we grinded out a score.”

His best shot he strike came on a par-5 16th. His expostulate found complicated severe and he discussed options with his caddie, Joe LaCava, and what to do with this second shot. The turn was sitting down in prolonged grass, a tree was in between Woods and a green, there is a H2O jeopardy versus a immature and Woods had 192 yards to a flagstick.

“The fact that Joey asked me, ‘Do we wish any layup numbers?’ flattering most pronounced it all right there,” Woods said. “I said, ‘No, what is it to a flag?’ ‘192.’ we pulled out a 6-iron first. Didn’t like a 6 since if it doesn’t come out, I’m wet. we took a 5, non-stop it up, and strike it flattering most as tough as we presumably could.

“I can’t trust it landed that soft. we was usually perplexing to get a turn in a bunker, over a bunker, adult to a right of a green, chip back, anything like that. we wasn’t going to disaster with anything left of that flag. It came out perfectly.”

Woods will need to play usually about ideally to locate a leaders on a weekend. The foresee calls for copiousness of fever and small wind. And a greens during Bay Hill are going to get most firmer and tougher.

“I’m utterly a few back,” a leader of 79 PGA Tour titles and 14 majors said. “There’s a lot of guys between myself and a lead and if it gets comfortable like it’s ostensible to get on a weekend afterwards we’re going to make some birdies, a golf march is going to be really short, a usually thing that’s going to maybe be a halt is we don’t consider they’re going to put any H2O on these (greens).

“I haven’t done a lot of bogeys in a final week and a half, yet we haven’t done a lot of birdies, either. we haven’t strike a turn tighten adequate to make a lot of birdies. I’ve got to do a improved pursuit of that this weekend in sequence to run down these guys.”