Tiger Woods Shoots 69 to Make Honda Classic Cut, Trails by 11

Tiger Woods made the cut for weekend play at the U.S. PGA Tour’s Honda Classic by one stroke after shooting a 1-under-par 69 in the second round. He’s 11 shots behind 36-hole leader Rory McIlroy.

Woods, 38, had three birdies and two bogies today at PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The No. 1 golfer in the official world ranking, Woods chipped in for birdie at the par-4 13th hole to get back to even par for the tournament and below the cut line.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy followed his opening-round 63 with a 66 today to get to 11-under par, one shot better than Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe. As the defending champion last year, McIlroy withdrew from the Honda Classic during the second round because of pain from a wisdom tooth, saying he couldn’t concentrate and needed the tooth pulled. He later apologized for quitting when he was at 7-over par and said his mental state and a swing change were the main causes of his poor play.

Eight of the nine top players in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Woods and McIlroy, were in the field for the Honda Classic, the first of four straight events in Florida.

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