Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Tiger Woods manages lone birdie in second round of Wells Fargo Championship

Tiger Woods manages lone birdie in second round of Wells Fargo Championship

Tiger Woods is in danger of missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, but a birdie at the last could prove priceless for his chances of making the weekend.

The alterations lengthened the course to 7,554 yards and reduced par from 72 to 71.

Real opportunities for birdies have dropped from around nine, to a much more hard five.

Tiger Woods' first round since the Masters left him perplexed and questioning his putting. Needless to say times have changes and Woods is still hoping to return to this peak form.

Well, that is if the 42-year-old can figure out the speed of the greens at the Quail Hollow Club. They're on the slower side. "I made some good swings and hit some good putts". If I just putt normal I'm right there.

"I've hit it good enough to be right up next to that lead". I'm hitting it fine. I really struggled getting the pace right. Despite sinking a birdie putt from 27 feet on the eighth, he three-putted on both the fourth and the 16th. From the trees left of the ninth fairway, his approach cleared the bunker and was headed for the flag as the crowd - "seven or eight people and a Golden Retriever in the grandstands back there", he said - began to cheer in anticipation.

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The numbers still weren't impressive: Woods made less than 50 feet of total putts on Friday and ranked almost last in the field in strokes gained: putting.

Tiger Woods back on course ahead of the second round.

"But you got to put it behind and move on to the next one and hit the next shot with just as much commitment and I did that all day and unfortunately I didn't make anything until the last hole". "They've made some adjustments, they've made it more difficult; harder, longer". At the time he finished, Woods was 16th in strokes gained tee to green and 141st (!) in strokes gained putting.

On a day when two-times Wells Fargo victor Rory McIlroy started with a smooth three-under-par 68, Peterson made consecutive eagles for a sizzling 65 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Four-times major victor Rory McIlroy, who was among the late starters, bogeyed his first hole to drop to two-under on the week.

Woods then jokingly said, "I'm on a hot streak right now". Making it more disappointing was Woods rolled down Magnolia Lane coming off his two best finishes in years - a tie for second in the Valspar Championship and a tie for fifth in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Asked what he needed to do to turn it around on the greens, Woods said: "It's called work".

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