Noren, Simpson lead at Honda; Woods has solid 70

Posted February 24, 2018

Any other week that likely places him in the middle of the pack through 36 holes, but this week is has him on top of the leader board, something he didn't even expect.

As always, most of the eyes at PGA National on Friday were on Woods, though. After winning the Hero World Challenge with a final-round 61 and finishing fourth at Kapalua, he has two missed cuts and a lost 54-hole lead in his last three starts.

I guess the greens are getting a little fast, so that's one thing, and it seems like it's been quite blustery the last couple years at Augusta. So it was hard to get it close, but I grinded it out - especially after the six on 17.

McIlroy found the water Friday, as well.

Woods had three birdies, a bogey and a double. He won the 2012 Honda Classic and lost a playoff to Russell Henley two years later, but hasn't made the cut here since. This was his seventh straight round over par at PGA National.

They weren't the only ones to have a tough time.

"The wind was playing really hard, the rough's up and it's really tough to make putts out there".

Woods began Round 2 by shooting par on the first.

Lovemark followed an opening-round 68 with a 69 on Friday to climb into a tie with List at 3-under for the tournament. He finished one shot inside the 5-over cut line.

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"But to play a good 10 holes after that, and be level par for those, that's sort of all you're hoping for out there today, Anything around 70 and you're going to be doing well".

Woods hit his tee shot on the par-3 15th hole into the water, and took a double bogey when his bogey putt slid left of the hole. His 1-over 71 moved him up seven spots on the leaderboard and maintained the margin between him and the leaders.

He was four shots out of the lead going into the weekend.

The roles could be reversed for Fowler and Justin Thomas.

Defending champion Rickie Fowler had six bogeys in a seven-hole stretch and shot 77. His trouble came much earlier, playing his first 14 holes in 6-over. He lost in a sudden-death playoff to Padraig Harrington. For the second consecutive day, Berger had to roll up a pant leg to hit a shot out of the edge of the water. He shares the lead a day later.

Woods drove into a fairway bunker on the third and then laid up and put his third shot in a bunker.

List is seeking his first PGA Tour win after showing signs of improvement in recent weeks.

Simpson had three of his five birdies on the front nine. Lovemark is a Southern Californian who now lives in Jupiter. A bogey dropped him to two over.

Sergio Garcia is making his first PGA TOUR start of the season as his title defense nears at the Masters. "I'm trying to make a lot of pars, maybe sprinkle in a birdie here or there". He was 2 under par Friday until hitting his tee shot into the water at the par-3 17th.

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