Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Birdies Propel Tiger to Weekend; He Hits 4 in a Row, Avoids Missing Consecutive Cuts for First Time in Career

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Birdies Propel Tiger to Weekend; He Hits 4 in a Row, Avoids Missing Consecutive Cuts for First Time in Career

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

Four holes smack in the middle of Tiger Woods' round kept him from an historic low on Friday at The Players Championship. Instead, Woods shot 4-under-par 68, which took him to 2 under for the first two rounds and allowed him to make the cut. Woods birdied on four consecutive holes to bring his score down and avoid missing the cut in consecutive tournaments for the first time in his career.

"I hit a good shot there at 8 and made the putt, and from there I hit some good shots," Woods said. "I probably could have gotten one or two more out of it, but I really played well today. I was just very consistent, and nothing spectacular, just real solid golf."

Last week in the Wells Fargo championship, Woods shot an even-par total of 144 and missed the cut by one stroke. This week, Woods was 2 over after Thursday's first round.

For a while Friday, he made little headway. Woods started at 1, birdied the fourth hole and bogeyed the fifth when the ball stopped at the edge of the hole as he putted for par. Woods changed his right shoe after his second shot on 6.

"My tee shot there at 5, I tore the eyelet out of it," Woods said. "Just the way it goes. …

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