How Tiger fared on Friday

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Tiger Woods fired an impressive, bogey-free, 7-under 65.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, December 02, 2016 | 2:30 p.m.

On Thursday, in his first competitive round in 466 days, Tiger Woods showed flashes of brilliance and was actually 4 under through eight holes and tied for the lead at the Hero World Challenge.

The back nine was a different story. Two double bogeys in his final three holes led to a 1-over 73.

Woods himself admitted, he let a good round slip away.

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That sure wasn't the case on Friday in Round 2.

Playing by himself after playing partner Justin Rose withdrew before Day 2 began due to injury, Woods birdied the first hole right out of the gate after sticking a wedge shot to within 5 feet and rode that momentum for all 18 holes.

The final tally? An impressive, bogey-free, 7-under 65 that had Woods tied for ninth through 36 holes and six behind co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama, who were 12 under.

Here's what he had to say after the round:

 

 

Through 36 holes, Woods was at 6-under 138 -- quite a ways back from the leaders, but a reason to leave the course with plenty of positive thoughts.

Here's a look at some of the highlights from Tiger's round.

Tiger nearly aces the 12th hole:

 

 

Tiger's birdie on No. 14 to get to 6 under for the day:

 

 

Tiger's massive par save at No. 16, a hole he double-bogeyed in Round 1:

 

 

And, just like Thursday, there was plenty of outstanding commentary about Tiger's round on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.