Tiger happy with new putter after level-par National start

Tiger Woods just four off the lead after superb 65 at TPC Potomac

Tiger Woods just four off the lead after superb 65 at TPC Potomac

Tiger Woods shot a five-under 65 in the second round of the Quicken Loans National in Maryland to move to four shots off the lead.

Woods took a double bogey at the par-4 sixth but the 42-year-old USA star answered with birdies at the par-4 14th and 16th holes in a mostly routine round.

"It's a tweener between my training putter at home and what I normally go with, so just go ahead and trust", Woods said.

However, he rebounded by pitching in from 80 feet for birdie at the next, even reading the break perfectly as his ball curled into the cup as the large gallery erupted.

"I shot about the score I should have shot today", Woods said.

Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 11th hole at TPC Potomac at Avenel during Friday's second round of the Quicken Loans National. He played in the group behind Woods, and didn't even get leftovers from thousands of fans watching golf's biggest draw.

"I played really solid today apparently", said Spaun. "I've always struggled on greens that are a little on the slower side and these greens aren't very quick right now and they won't be quick in three weeks' time either (at the British Open)".

Streelman shot the low round of the tournament Friday with an 8-under 62, vaulting into contention after an opening-round 72.

"It's a position I have never been in before so we'll see", the 21-year-old Kinhult said.

A balky driver for Woods over portions of the back nine confirmed as much, frequently leaving him scrambling from diabolical spots simply to save par. "We're going to try to put two more rounds in the 60s, see where it puts us for Sunday".

Woods made two excellent par saves at the eighth and ninth holes, his 17th and 18th of the round, to preserve the score and move into the top 10 with the afternoon wave still on the course. His drive settled 89 yards from the par-4 hole, and he chipped to three feet for a virtual tap-in to get to 1 over.

"I rolled it well", Woods said.

"I hit a lot of good putts on Thursday, they just didn't go in. Eventually they will start rolling in".

The 14-time major champion, who is playing the tournament he hosts for the first time since 2015, has again put himself in danger of missing the 36-hole cut.

The course rated the fourth-toughest on the PGA Tour schedule previous year behind only three majors, though the greens have remained mostly receptive even under a blistering sun on Friday. Rickie Fowler is the only player in the top 10 in the world, and he also rallied for a 70.

Not done yet, Woods slammed in a 40-footer for birdie at the third hole, his ball still motoring as it hit the hole and disappeared.

And then he ran into trouble on the par-4 sixth, starting with a tee shot he pulled left that caromed off a tree and landed in a the mown path that leads from the tee to the fairway. He had to drop it in more rough, came up just short of the green and wound up making a 4-foot putt to escape with double bogey.

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