PALM HARBOR — Tiger Woods is tied for the 36-hole lead after the morning groups finished play Friday afternoon at the Valspar Championship.
Woods shot a second-round 3-under 68 and is at 4-under, 138 overall. He is currently tied with Brandt Snedeker, Paul Casey, Ryan Palmer and Corey Conners, who teed off at 1:30 p.m.
His charge, which started early Friday as much of Tampa Bay was still eating breakfast, thrilled another massive gallery at the Innisbrook Golf Resort's Copperhead course. Woods started on the No. 10 tee at 7:56 a.m. and got rolling with consecutive birdies at 12 and 13. His 12-foot birdie putt moved him into a tie atop the leaderboard at 4-under par.
He got it to 5-under on the par-5 fifth hole when he hit a sand shot to three feet and made the putt. He then reeled off three straight pars before he bogeyed the ninth hole when his 8-foot putt lipped out.
Woods, winner of 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour events, hasn't won on the Tour since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. To think, Tiger wasn't even in the Valspar field at this time last week.
"It was difficult again, and when we started it was cold," Woods said. "There was a lot of guessing, and I guessed pretty good."
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