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Live updates from Tiger Woods' Round 2 at the Valspar Championship

10 March 2018, 01:37 | Nina Perez

Even Tiger Woods is curious how his stats rank on the PGA Tour this seasonMore

Even Tiger Woods is curious how his stats rank on the PGA Tour this seasonMore

Conners managed five birdies and just one bogey on a hard day at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course.

A high pollen count at the Tampa resort caused as many problems for players as the wind which whistled through the tree-lined course.

Jordan Spieth isn't playing his best this year, but there are still reasons to like him to win this weekend. Did a lot of guessing and guessed pretty good, also got fooled a few times.

Despite wincing down the fairway, Woods recovered to make par.

"Maybe I need to steal a few shots here and there and get some good things going, " said Watney, winless since August 2012. In his only other two tournaments at Innisbrook, he withdrew in 2017 and finished tied for 53rd in 2016.

The four-time PGA Championship victor was sidelined for the latter part of 2017 having undergone back surgery but has carefully managed his return to action.

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What makes the showing even more impressive is the fact Woods doesn't have extensive experience at this tournament. "Into the wind it just felt like you hit walls". He did well to keep his bogey-free streak alive at the par-four seventh after sending his chip about 12 feet past the hole.

Woods managed to clear the water as his ball held up in the rough just short of the green, but he pitched to within three feet and rattled in the par putt to the delight of the huge galleries following the former world No 1.

The only unnerving moment came at the 16th, when he tugged his iron off the tee into the trees.

After his drive bounced on a cart path and clattered deep into the trees, coming to rest on leaves and pine straw, Woods was concerned his club would snap against a nearby pine on his follow-through.

"It came out flawless", Woods.

Because he had to generate so much club speed, his left forearm and hands struck the oak and Woods dropped the club and winced on impact.

"It didn't feel very good".

Former world number one Spieth - the 2015 victor - made five bogeys on the front nine and, while he steadied, it was only enough for a five-over 76.

If it seems like it's been awhile since you've heard that sentence, it's because it's been nearly half a decade since Woods walked off a golf course atop the leaderboard.

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