On a day where Scottie Scheffler shot 59 and Dustin Johnson was 11 under through 11 holes, Tiger Woods stalled for most of his second round at the Northern Trust.
The 15-time major champion birdied his opening hole then was stuck in neutral for the majority of the round, ho-humming his way around TPC Boston to the tune of an even-par 71.
Woods gave back his opening birdie just three holes later and proceeded to make five consecutive pars to close out the front nine and three more to start his back nine. For the second day the 44-year-old made bogey on the par-4 13th, briefly dropping him outside the projected 3 under cut line. The 82-time winner on the PGA Tour then made birdie on Nos. 14 and 15 to safely move inside the cut.
Until he made a couple unforced errors on No. 17 after missing the green from the fairway and leaving a six-footer for par after his chip. Standing on the 18th tee Woods was once again on the cut line and blew his tee shot to the left. He got the member’s bounce he needed as his ball kicked away from the real trouble. From there he scrambled for par to make the cut on the number.
The Northern Trust, the first of three events in the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs, is the final event of the Tour season that features a 36-hole cut. After this week the top 70 players on the FedEx Cup standings will advance to next week’s BMW Championship outside Chicago.
Woods walked off the course T-58 at 3 under for the tournament, setting himself up for an early tee time on Saturday.