Tiger Woods holds on to make cut at Classic

SIMON EVANS
Last updated 09:20 03/03/2012

Relevant offers

Golf

Birthday girl Lydia Ko upstaged by Canadian teen at Swinging Skirts Classic Lee Westwood takes charge in Indonesia after back nine of 29 Defending champion Alexander Levy in four-way tie for lead at the China Open Lydia Ko celebrates turning 18 with even par in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic Australian Unho Park tames strong winds to lead in Indonesia Tiger Woods commits to next month's Players Championship Frenchman Julien Quesne goes low as wind eases in Shanghai Michael Hendry drifts down leaderboard at China Open Doug Holloway, Keh charge into lead at Akarana Open Lydia Ko holds Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic first round lead

Tiger Woods birdied his final two holes to avoid an early exit from the Honda Classic on Friday, while journeyman Tom Gillis stormed into the early clubhouse lead with a bogey-free second round.

American Gillis fired six birdies during largely wind-free morning hours for a six-under 64 that was good enough for a tie of the PGA National course record until compatriot Brian Harman smashed it with a nine-under 61 that left him two shots back.

Former world number one Woods, playing in the $1.02 million event for the first time as a professional, flirted with the cut but ended strong for a two-under 68 and one-under total of 139.

The cut is projected to fall at one-over 141.

Neither Woods, nor playing partner Lee Westwood (69), the world number two, could take advantage of benign early conditions.

"It was a little bit of a fight today, probably the worst I have hit the ball in months but I managed to score," said Woods, whose mother and son were in attendance.

The 14-times major winner, who double-bogeyed the fifth, produced putts when he needed them the most, draining a six-footer on the eighth and a 12-footer on the ninth, his final hole, to put himself safely inside the cutline.

Gillis, 43, who described himself as the "prototypical journeyman," had two birdies in his first nine holes before closing with four on the back nine.

Britain's Rory McIlroy, who can grab the world number one slot from Luke Donald with a win this week, was among the later groups on Friday.

British Open champion Darren Clarke was among the more notable players who will miss the cut after a five-over-par 75 second round left him with an eight-over total of 148.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content