Arnold Palmer Invitational: Tiger Woods pleased with round after 'exhausting battle'

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Tiger Woods acquired off to a tough begin Friday, capturing two-over par on his entrance 9, however a again-9 rally helped him shoot a good-par seventy two to complete Round 2 at four beneath, seven photographs behind the leaders.

“At this time was a tough battle. It was a grind,” Woods stated after his round. “It wasn’t sharp, however I hung in there and simply stored grinding away and chipped away on the golf course. I did not hit the ball shut, I did not hit the ball properly, however I used to be simply hanging in there, hanging in there and simply attempt to not shoot myself out of the event, simply hold myself within the event. I assumed one thing within the pink can be nice and I simply wasn’t fairly capable of do it, however got here shut.”

Regardless of the robust day, Woods was at the least pleased with one a part of his recreation.

“I used to be preventing and did not hit something shut. I had some, I had a pair wedges in my hand and did not hit them inside 20 ft. So it was a bit off today and the one factor that I felt actually good with was my putter,” he stated. “Regardless that I blew it off the inexperienced on 9, I hit a stupendous second putt and the putter was releasing and flowing, actually felt good. However I simply could not get to the inexperienced quick sufficient.”

Woods has an uphill climb over the weekend if he will decide up his ninth win at Bay Hill and first PGA Tour win since 2013. He trails Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau by seven photographs.

“Properly I am fairly a number of again. I am seven again proper now,” Woods stated. “There’s lots of guys between myself and the lead and if it will get heat prefer it’s presupposed to get on the weekend then we will make some birdies, the golf course goes to be very brief, the one factor that is going to perhaps be a deterrent is I do not assume they will put any water on this stuff.

“They’re beginning to get just a little burned out. The green on 15 was actually fast. Jason hit a 2-iron that went about 325 yards. That is the best way this golf course is supposed to be performed, that is how Arnold all the time needed it to be performed, he all the time needed it onerous, quick, he needed the greens lifeless by the point we performed on Sunday and I feel we will have that.”