Woods waited until the final hole to make his first birdie of the day, dropping a 13-foot putt that moved him inside the cut line, 2-over for the tournament and securing his spot for the weekend.
Woods wasn't kidding. After a five-hour round that ended just before 1 p.m., he headed to the practice putting green and even changed from golf shoes into a pair of sneakers - suggesting he might be there for a while. "Today I tried to make sure I hit the putts harder and I kept pulling them. When you walk on the greens as I'm feeling on my feet, the greens are firm, but they're just not rolling out", he said.
Tiger Woods battled all day en route to a 2-over 73 in Friday's second round of the Wells Fargo Championship.
The most painful, perhaps, came on a par-4 14th hole when Woods lipped out a 6-footer for birdie.
Like Peterson, Wagner carded two eagles on consecutive holes, Nos.
Asked if he "figured" he needed to make that birdie putt on No. 9 to position himself to make the cut, Woods said, "I figured that it was just outside left".
"I felt like I've played my way into playing shape now - whether it's the simple act of walking and play, recovery from day to day and playing week to week". I feel like I've played my way into the rhythm of it. It nearly got even better. Woods was not touching the hole from distances that used to be automatic for him and, at the very least, should be near-misses for a PGA Tour pro.
If it were only Woods griping about the playing surface it might be shrugged off, but Rickie Fowler said something similar when he took the podium just minutes before Woods.
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Woods misjudged a short pitch on to the driveable par-four eighth green and could only make par, leaving him requiring a final-hole birdie to be assured of progressing to the weekend.
"The guys a year ago that played the PGA were telling me how quick they are and how slippery they were", Woods said.
Woods said his putting woes may have been the result of starting late in the day.
The first groups off Tees 1 and 10 begin their rounds at 7 am EST.
"It should be a little quicker", he said.
This is Woods' seventh tournament in 2018, with top-12 finishes at the Honda Classic, Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Tiger Woods was asked by the media what's been the most "score-able" golf course he's played this season, and he pointed straight in the direction of Augusta National, home of the Masters.
This golf course is a lot harder, a lot harder than when I played,The golf course has gotten more difficult, a lot longer.