Highlights from Tiger Woods' second-round 73 at the Wells Fargo Championship

Highlights from Tiger Woods' second-round 73 at the Wells Fargo Championship

Woods three-putted twice for bogey, including the par-3 sixth hole when he had a downhill birdie chance from about 18 feet. He followed that up with misses on 11 (from eight feet, for par), 12 (from 11 feet, for birdie) 13 (from 12 feet, for birdie) and 14 (from seven feet, for par), leaving himself two over par through five holes.

"I hit the ball fine, I struggled with my speed all day", he told the Golf Channel.

Woods tried to explain the difficulties on the greens after his round, citing some disparity between the springiness of the greens and their relative lack of speed. They're springy and firm.

"I feel like I've played my way into the rhythm of it".

"I just need to make some putts". They feel springy and they feel fast, especially as I'm walking on them, but they're not putting that way.

"Ballstriking-wise I'm fine, I'm right there, " Woods said.

The 14-times major champion did not touch a club for 10 days after that disappointing result at Augusta National and arrived at Quail Hollow, where he triumphed in 2007, with a new set of irons that he hoped would help turn things around. However, the way Woods has fallen to that 2-over number has been a stunner.

"Seriously", Woods said. "Most of the golf courses I've played have been really hard setups. More bunkers are in play, they're more hard to carry, and some of the greens have more slope". Those two (Reed and Koepka) missed it left and that's all I was committed to - understanding that putt wasn't going to break.

Tiger Woods struggled to adjust to slow greens as he slipped six strokes behind American leader John Peterson in the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday.

This could be Tiger's 3rd missed cut at Quail Hollow.

A birdie on his last hole of the day, No. 9, may have saved him, as the projected cut line was two-over at the time of publication. When that fell into the center of the cup, he raised his arms as if to say "finally!" and grinned in relief. He gained strokes off the tee and on approach shots, hitting 13 of 18 greens in regulation for the second straight day. He knows that won't be the case on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) when he will be in one of the first groups off the tee.

A few moments later, Woods was headed to the practice putting green.

He said he was now in "playing shape" and the goal was "just trying to get a little better". "I'm sure they'll keep them around where they are right now".

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