Tiger Woods four shots back on crowded Honda Classic leaderboard

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Tiger Woods reacts to birdie putt on the 11th hole during the second round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on February 23, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods reacts to birdie putt on the 11th hole.

Tiger Woods is four shots behind going into the weekend at a windy Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where just about everyone has a chance.

Luke List had a 4-under 66 in the morning and Jamie Lovemark had a 69 in the afternoon. That was enough for the two players who have never won on the PGA Tour to share the lead at 3-under 137.

It’s the highest score to lead the Honda Classic through 36 holes since it moved to PGA National in 2007.


Woods was two shots off the lead until putting his tee shot into the water on the par-3 15th for double bogey. He had a 71 and was at 1-over 141 and just outside the top 10.

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So bunched were the scores that Woods was four shots out of the lead and four shots from last place among the 76 players who made the cut at 5-over 145. More importantly, he only had 13 players in front of him.

‘‘This is a difficult golf course right now,’’ Woods said. ‘‘Making pars is a good thing. I’ve done that, and I’m right there with a chance.’’

Tommy Fleetwood scratched out a 68 and was one shot out of the lead along with Webb Simpson (72), Russell Henley (70), and Rory Sabbatini (69).

Defending champion Rickie Fowler had six bogeys in a seven-hole stretch and shot 77. He was virtually certain to miss the cut.


List and Lovemark, both Californians, have never won on the PGA Tour. This is the third time List has had at least a share of the 36- hole lead, most recently in South Korea at the CJ Cup, where he shot 76-72 on the weekend.

‘‘It’s kind of irrelevant because there’s going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead,’’ List said. ‘‘It’s going to be that type of week.’’

Rory McIlroy had a reasonable day except for one hole, the par-3 17th. He hit one in the water, one in the bunker and took triple bogey. McIlroy’s best shot was for par. He was at 4-over 144, and happy to be sticking around. He had missed the cut the last two times at the Honda Classic. This was his seventh straight round over par at PGA National.

‘‘Another tough day,’’ he said. ‘‘I think today probably played tougher than it did yesterday. Seemed like every hole that we had a right-to-left win, the pin was on the right and vice versa. So it was hard to get it close. . . . Anything around 70 and you’re going to be doing well today.’’

LPGA — Jessica Korda shot a course-record 62 at the LPGA Thailand in Chonburi to lead by four strokes after the second round.


Playing her first tournament since having jaw surgery, the American fired eight birdies and finished with an eagle to move to 16 under par at the halfway point, a 36-hole record for the event. Korda leads from another American, Brittany Lincicome, who carded a 65 to go 12 under at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.

Minjee Lee of Australia is third and a shot behind Linicome on 11 under after a 67.

Lexi Thompson of the United States, the 2016 champion, is fourth and another shot behind Lee.

European — Adrian Otaegui birdied his last three holes and carded a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead at the Qatar Masters in Doha.

Otaegui moved to 11-under overall after the second round and clear of four players tied for second. Overnight joint leaders Eddie Pepperell and Gregory Havret shot 69s to go to 10 under, and they were joined by Erik van Rooyen (66) and Stephen Gallacher (66).