DORAL, Fla. —
His only blunders came on par 3s — a three-putt bogey on No. 4 and taking two shots to get out of the bunker on No. 13.
“I held it together yesterday — a long day, tough day — and that gave me a chance today,” said Woods, who scratched out a 73 in the second round. “I figured, ‘Hey, I’m only six back. That’s definitely doable, especially with the conditions and how difficult this golf course is playing. If I just get back to even par for the tournament, I’ll be right there.’ And I did one better.”
Rory McIlroy did not. The two-time major champion was only one shot out of the lead when he went just long on the seventh hole with a pitching wedge and made bogey. He then hit into the water on the par-5 eighth with his second shot, and the par-5 10th with his tee shot.
He made double bogey both times and only a chip-in birdie on the 18th salvaged his hopes. He had a 75 and was seven shots behind.
Much like Reed, Dufner did his damage in one stretch. It started with a shot that kissed off the pin on No. 5. That was the start of six birdies in eight holes, though he had to settle for six pars at the end.
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