The Loop

Woods manages to "hang in there" Friday

August 13, 2010

HAVEN, Wis. -- For those wondering if Tiger Woods is all the way back after his desultory performance at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Friday's performance in the PGA Championship might dissuade them.

But he seemed at least halfway back to normal.

Woods played six holes before the second round was suspended because of darkness at 7:27 p.m. CDT, and he was all over the lot at Whistling Straits. But he also continually found a way to get the ball in the hole, saving par from myriad locations thanks to a rediscovered putting stroke. When he returns at 7 a.m., Saturday, the four-time PGA champion, seeking his first major victory since the 2008 U.S. Open, will restart at one-under par overall, seven behind Matt Kuchar, and even on his round.

"That's the way it was. Had to hang in there and did a good job with that," Woods said when asked about his series of par saves. "You know, unfortunately I missed a short one there at the last one I played, six, but other than that, it was all right."

His swing was another story. He still looked out of sorts, but the wind was blowing as hard as it had all day. "It was tough out there, certainly. Blowing pretty good. Had to be very patient," he said.

*-- Dave Shedloski