Ponte Vedra Beach - Tiger Woods' weekend plans were as
unstable as his iron play on Friday.
Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas finally solidified them with
a pair of bogeys on the tough par-4 18th at TPC Sawgrass.
Woods made the cut on the number at The Players
Championship, but only after getting a little help from two of the top players
in the world.
Woods struggled with accuracy and distance control during a
steamy day on the Stadium Course. He shot a 1-under 71 to reach 1 under,
earning a spot in the third round after some late cut movement.
"I got to shoot something in the probably mid-60s both
days to get myself up there to have a chance or something," Woods said.
"Hopefully give myself some more looks. Feel like I'm putting well. I'm
just never inside that range which I should be with the irons I'm having."
With 80 players making the cut at the Players, the field
with be trimmed after 54 holes for the second time in two weeks on the PGA
So Woods has some work to do to stick around Sunday. His
first goal will be to play better with his irons. A week after his putter let
him down, his approach shots were his biggest problem.
"That's golf, unfortunately," Woods said. "If
we were able to put all of our facets of the game together, I think there would
be a lot more tournament winners out here. But this is just part of the job. We
have to figure out a way to put it together, and I have not done that
consistently this year so far."
Woods had seven approach shots of 125 yards or closer, but
failed to get any of them inside 15 feet. He ended up making par each time.
"I didn't quite swing it right today, and I didn't
quite have the shape, ball flight," said Woods, who made two birdies and a
bogey. "I didn't have much of what I wanted. With these greens as soft as
they are, I didn't take advantage of the opportunities I had to really shoot a
It looked as if Woods would end up missing the cut until
those late lapses by Spieth and Thomas.
Spieth pushed his tee shot at the finishing hole into the
right rough. He managed to get on the green from there, but missed an 8-footer
Thomas' approach shot from the second cut found the right
rough just short of the green. His chip came up short, and he missed an
18-footer from the fringe for par.
Those miscues were huge for Woods. Spieth and Thomas both
moved to 1 under and moved the cut line.