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Hero World Challenge 2014: Tiger Woods’ short game fails with 2nd round 70

Tiger Woods turned things around by shooting a second-round 70 on Friday at the Hero World Challenge, but that doesn’t mean he feels comfortable with one of the most important aspects of the game. 

An opening 77 on Day 1 hampered his chances of competing, and as he seemed to gain some ground with respect to the overall scope of his game, he flubbed a chip on No. 18 that would go well short of the hole and lead to a disappointing bogey. 

“It wasn’t very good,” Woods said of his short game via PGA TOUR.com

But he did show a stretch of solid play on the back nine. He made an eagle on the par-5 13th hole with a beautiful five iron that landed  roughly six feet away from the cup. Birdies on 14 and 16 made it look like getting back to even par for the tournament was a real possibility. 

All in all, it was progress for the former world No. 1. The biggest question moving forward is how he’ll fare over the weekend. 

Jordan Spieth leads the tournament, with Henrik Stenson two shots back. Patrick Reed, who shot a blazing front-nine 29 and finished with a 63, is three shots behind along with Justin Rose. 

Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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