Tiger Woods Takes Lead At Valspar Championship

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It gave Tiger Woods a preview of what to expect in the afternoon.

He's a shot back of Jimmy Walker, who stormed into a tie for the tournament lead with four birdies in five holes to start his day on the back nine, and Canadian Corey Conners, who tees off at 1:30 p.m. ET.

He headed Americans Nick Watney and Kelly Kraft, and South Korean Whee Kim by one stroke on a day when only seven players broke par.

"For about fourteen holes I played really, really good and then I had some amusing stuff coming in", Scott told the US PGA website.

Woods' score of 68 in Friday's second round of the Valspar Championship ran his overall score to -4 and gave him the share of a clubhouse lead for the first time since he won his last PGA Tour event, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that was held way back in August 2013.

This was his first time playing the Valspar Championship, and it got his attention.

"I enjoy when par is a good score, it's a reward, " said Woods, per ESPN.

An 11ft putt for birdie on the 10th, followed by a smart four on the par-five 11th took him to within two shots of the lead. Today, made a couple of birdies, all of a sudden that puts me fourth, fifth right away. "That's how hard it is".

After contending in both the Abu Dhabi Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic in his season-opening foray in the Gulf, McIlroy's endeavours on the PGA Tour have proven to be rather less inspiring and his travails continued in his debut appearance at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook resort in Florida.

Woods was in control throughout as he made four birdies and one bogey on his final hole of the day (he also had a tremendous save on the par-4 7th).

Woods is chasing a first worldwide victory since August 2013
Woods is chasing a first worldwide victory since August 2013

Indeed, Woods outperformed playing partner Jordan Spieth over the first two days.

Despite wincing down the fairway, Woods recovered to make par.

'I keep getting a little bit better here and there, making these subtle tweaks.

The former world No. 1 applauded Mickelson's play-off win at last week's World Golf Championship in Mexico over PGA Championship victor Thomas.

What makes the showing even more impressive is the fact Woods doesn't have extensive experience at this tournament.

The good news for Woods is that it was that kind of struggle for just about everyone. Into the wind it felt we hit walls out there. Woods then chipped up and putted for one all-world par.

The only unnerving moment came at the 16th, when he tugged his iron off the tee into the trees. On his follow-through, though, Woods' club hit a tree and he was forced to let go of it.

As for that possible injury, Woods was more concerned about breaking his club and possibly injuring someone.

"It didn't feel very good, " he said.

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