Tiger Woods commits to play in 2018 Honda Classic

  • Tiger Woods commits to play in 2018 Honda Classic

Tiger Woods commits to play in 2018 Honda Classic

"It's one of my favourite golf courses", said Cantlay, a Southern Californian who played college golf at nearby University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

As if Woods needed another reminder about the actuarial life table for elite athleticism, he slopped to a five-over-par 76 on Friday that resulted in a pink slip from the tournament. Woods started on the cut line, and sandwiched a pair of 20-foot birdie putts around a bogey at the par-3 fourth.

Rory McIlroy has rounded on the raucous golf fans and claimed Tiger Woods is operating at a "two-shot disadvantage" to the rest of the field because of the "circus" which surrounds his competitive appearances.

"I think it rewards really smart, safe golf a lot, just picking your spots, not trying to get overly aggressive".

Woods said he was "very pleased" and "very excited" about playing two weeks in a row.

As do his playing partners, though Thomas, who entered the weekend tied with McIlroy at 2-under for the week and just five shots off the lead of a trio of 36-hole frontrunners, shrugged it off. "He's still figuring a few things about with equipment, sort of in between drivers and whatever, but he's close". Putting, which provided a lifeline in his one-over first round, deserted him Friday, with the stroke count on greens rising to 32 from 25. "One of my hallmarks of my whole career is I've always hit the ball pin high with my iron shots, and I have not done that".

Woods, a 79-time PGA TOUR victor had a tough day off the tee and on the greens hitting just four of 14 fairways, one of which came after bouncing off a tree.

Taiwan's Pan Cheng-tsung finished on three-over after a 75.

Playing just his third event since a fourth back surgery previous year, Woods struggled to find any rhythm and maintain any momentum on a Riviera Country Club track that has often befuddled him.

His mother, Kutilda Woods, who helped rear him about an hour's drive from Riviera, blended into the ample gallery that strode every step with him.

"My cut was just not cutting", Woods said. It will be the first time Woods has played tournaments in consecutive weeks since 2015. "And consequently, never made a run". The Ulsterman reiterated that he believes Woods is "close" to firing on all cylinders, and will likely glean more "sharpness" from further tournament rounds that will continue with next week's Honda Classic.

We are used to hearing Tiger win and say he didn't have his "A game".

But it's tiring. I need a couple of Advil.

"All it takes is one shot on a Thursday that you lose a tournament by a shot on Sunday", said Woods.