Tiger Woods pumped for weekend run; List, Lovemark lead Honda Classic

Craig Davis, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Golf

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The day was a delight to be watching golf on the breezy, sun-splashed Champion Course at PGA National.

For players, though, the second round of the Honda Classic was beastly Friday with a 20-25 mph east wind disrupting not only shots in the air but putts on the greens, which were fast and funky.

Still, things were going swimmingly for Tiger Woods until he became ensnared in the Bear Trap (holes 15, 16, 17) with a misadventure into water and back-to-back bogeys before slipping out of the clutches with a pressure-packed birdie putt.

Fans with tickets to the weekend will be relieved that Woods made the cut comfortably, checking in at 1-over par for the day and the tournament.

"The wind's howling out there. It's hard to make putts. So it was just a difficult day all around," said Woods, adding, "I really played well today. It was just tough scoring. It really is hard to make birdies."

While sizable galleries stalked Tiger around the Champion Course in the afternoon, unheralded Luke List quietly and efficiently turned in the best round of the day with a 66 in the morning. List shared the lead with Jamie Lovemark at 3-under 137 through 36 holes.

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Only 10 players have shot better than par, all bunched within two strokes.

"I saw that no one is going to go anywhere out there," Woods said. "It's just too difficult right now for someone to go out there and shoot 63 or something like that and post themselves pretty far ahead.

"I'm right where I can win a golf tournament. You know, four (strokes) back on this golf course with 36 holes to go, I mean anybody can win this golf tournament right now. It's wide open."

Difficult conditions led to an unusually high cut line at 5-over par. There hasn't been a higher cut line on the PGA Tour in a non-major since the 2015 Valero Texas Open, which cut at plus-6.


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