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More Positive Signs For 'Rusty' Woods At Hero World Challenge But Scheffler And Spieth Take Charge

Tiger Woods continues his return on day two at the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas

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Tiger Woods’ hopes of winning on his long-awaited return may be fading, but the 15-time Major winner showed more encouraging signs during the second round of the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas.

Starting the day on three-over par following a rusty back nine on Thursday, Woods was fast out of the gates with birdies at the opening two holes. 

He made further gains at the 6th and 7th to make the turn in four under (32), before making a series of unforced errors on the back nine, not unlike the opening round.

The mistakes came on 13 and 15, and looked to be more mental errors than anything else.

First came a missed putt from short range on 13, and that was followed by the very rare sight of Woods putting into a bunker on the par-5 15th, where he had to hole from 15 foot to limit the damage to a bogey.

However, a lengthy putt did finally drop on the 17th to bring a smile back to the 82-time PGA Tour winner’s face.

“Cleaned up a little bit from yesterday for sure,” Woods said after his round.

Asked for his opinion on why he struggled on the back nine for the second day running, Woods was quick to reply.

“Maybe because I haven’t played for a while,” he responded, adding that he felt he displayed “better commitment” during round two.

The more encouraging signs for Woods and his fans was the way he drove the ball and the apparent ease with which he walked the course.

Woods is playing just his eighth tournament since he was involved in a car crash in February 2021, and he admitted that he was “rusty”.

Once the five-time winner of the Hero World Challenge had signed for a second-round 70, the leaders set about increasing their advantage going into the weekend.

And there were several of those, with Tony Finau, Brian Harman, Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth all enjoying the lead at some point during the second round.

World number one Scheffler (66) made eight birdies and looked set to take the lead on his own into final two days, before dropping a shot on the 18th.

However, with the 2022 Masters champion looking more assured once again on the greens, he’ll be the one to beat on the weekend.

Scheffler has been working with putting coach Phil Kenyon since the fall, and said after his round that he had “a much clearer picture” of things on the putting surfaces.

Spieth, meanwhile, was equally impressive on Friday afternoon, posting 67 to share the 36-hole lead with fellow previous Masters champion Scheffler.

Hero World Challenge scores:

  • -9 Scheffler, Spieth 
  • -8 Harman
  • -7 Thomas
  • -6 Fitzpatrick, Morikawa, Finau

Tiger Woods score

  • Round 2: -2 thru 18 (70)
  • Tournament: +1

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WOODS PIPES IT OFF THE 1st

Woods is off and running with a 290 yarder down the middle of the first to leave him 138 in.

His wedge settles within 6ft and we've got an opening birdie putt coming up!

WOODS IN GREEN TODAY

Tiger Woods at the top of his backswing on a drive

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BIRDIE AT THE 1st!

Woods converts from 6ft and he's under par straight away. Back to +2 for the tournament.

WOODS' APPROACH TO THE 1st

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WHAT A START!

From 178 yards on the par 3 2nd hole he's stuffed it to within 5ft.

Could be a birdie-birdie start here.

WOODS' BIRDIE PUTT ON 1

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BIRDIE-BIRDIE

What a start from Tiger! He's two-under after two holes and back to +1.

Great start from TW

Can Tiger capitalise on his fast start with another birdie (or better) on the par-5 3rd?He has 220 yards to go for his second. 

JUST A PAR... 

A missed 10-footer for birdie on the par-5 3rd there. Don't worry, we're not about to start with all the, 'In his prime, he'd have sunk that' stuff....However, in his prime he never missed a putt. Not one. 

ON THE MOVE

Justin Rose (-2 through 2, -2 overall); Rickie Fowler (-3 through 3, -1 overall). And good to see another comeback man Will Zalatoris start well (-2 through 4, +7 overall). Leaders at -5. 

LEFT FAIRWAY AT 4

287 yards to the left fairway, leaves a long one into the 4th, some 196 yards. 

TIGER ROLLING THE ROCK

Admit it, you never thought yo'd see this again...

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HOW TO WATCH THE HERO WORLD CHALLENGE 

In case you're wondering when you can tune in to watch Tiger & co in the Bahamas, here's how to watch the Hero World Challenge. 

SAFELY ABOARD ON 4

Tough hole is 4, but TW is safely aboard the green facing a 23-footer for birdie. 

POSITIVE SIGNS FOR ZALATORIS FANS

We've waited a long time to see young William Zalatoris back in action. After a tough time yesterday, he's come out firing. He's now -3 through 5 and back to +6. 

looks good, right?