Tiger WatchFebruary 23, 2018

Tiger Woods makes the turn in one under, moves into top 10 at Honda Classic (UPDATE: Woods shoots one-over 71)

Tiger Woods
Mike Ehrmann

Tiger Woods climbed into the top 10 after his Friday front nine at the Honda Classic. And it didn't take much.

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On a windy day at PGA National, Woods played his first eight holes in even par to climb the leader board. But if he wasn't already officially lurking, this birdie on the ninth hole really put him in the mix.

Overall, Woods hit five (of seven) fairways and six greens on the front nine. He's currently two shots behind clubhouse leader Luke List, who shot 66 in an early second-round tee time. Only four players from the morning wave broke par.

Woods, who shot even par in his opening round, is playing in his third event of 2018 after missing nearly all of 2017 with a bad back that required a fourth operation. Tiger finished T-23 at the Farmers Insurance Open, but missed the cut last week at the Genesis Open.

UPDATE: Tiger stumbled a bit in The Bear Trap, finding the water on the par-3 15th and making double bogey before three-putting for bogey on No. 16. But he bounced back with a rare birdie on the par-3 17th:

Woods finished with par and a one-over 71. At one over through 36 holes, Tiger is currently T-14, four shots back, and he beat his two playing partners, Brandt Snedeker and Patton Kizzire, by a combined 18 shots over the first two rounds.

"I made two bad swings and it cost me three shots," Woods told Golf Channel after his second round. "Overall, it was a good grind out there."

It was a grind for everyone as the cut line wound up being a whopping five over par. Luke List and Jamie Lovemark lead at three under.