Woods moved into contention just four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead held by Beau Hossler who fired a 66 for a nine-under total of 131. Woods is still battling with Thursday-itis. He failed to break par in the opening round for the sixth consecutive tournament.
He made his first birdie of the day two holes later when he planted a short iron inside six feet and made the putt. One hole later he stuck a mid-iron at the 187-yard par 3 to six feet and canned the putt. He made the turn in two under.
After the round he and his loyal sidekick caddie Ken Comboy commandeered fellow pro Cameron Smith’s Trackman and de-lofted McDowell’s driver setting as low as it could go. He settled on 9 degrees loft a change of more than 2 degrees and while the lack of spin took getting used to his ball speed returned and he estimated that he found an extra 15-25 yards.