Tiger Woods Tied for Lead at Valspar Championship

Valspar Championship: Rory McIlroy Starts Slowly As Tiger Woods Shoots 70 In Florida

The Offaly man got off to a sluggish start and was two over par for the championship thru seven but he pulled one back on the 8th before adding two more birdies on the back nine to leave him under par for the championship.

After missing two long birdie putts on the third and fourth holes for back-to-back pars, Woods dropped a shot on the par-three fourth after over-hitting off the tee. As of this writing, Woods is three-under par so far in the second round which puts him tied for first with Jimmy Walker and Corey Connors.

Woods made five birdies and four bogeys over the par-71 course, including a 5-iron to a few feet at the par-3 17th to join just 26 other players under par on the Copperhead course. Woods built from there, using handsome approach shots on the 12th and 13th holes to set up easy birdie putts before settling into consistency with six straight pars.

Woods was almost as good with his next tee shot, a 5-iron to 2 feet on the par-3 17th. "There are some tournaments when (after) about four holes you don't make a birdie and you feel like you're behind".

Woods has won the Masters four times in his career and has a preposterous 13 top-10 appearances, but he hasn't won it since 2005 and has only played it once since 2013 (a top-20 finish in 2015).

"I'm up there", Woods told PGA Tour Live.

"We saw last week Phil [Mickelson] at 47 winning in Mexico and Tiger's now 42 and I'm a young 40, it would be really, really cool if Tiger or myself won. Today was a good day".

"I'm happy with what I am seeing in my golf in the last five or six rounds and I hope the next couple of weeks are good and I get that bit of confidence because that's always helpful".

"I keep getting a little here and there, making these subtle tweaks". And a lot of the time, many of them, what the trajectory is.

"I drove it well, hit a lot of good iron shots and had some good speed on the putts".

He certainly outshone his playing partners with Henrik Stenson failing to make a birdie in a 74 and Jordan Spieth struggling again with his putting to post a 76.

He looked empty and down on himself and thus had picked a good day to pair a black shirt with black trousers, his eyes barely moving above ground level underneath a black Under Armour hat as he walked to No. 9.

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