Tiger Woods Hits Ridiculous Escape Shot At Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods Hits Ridiculous Escape Shot At Valspar Championship

That saw Woods, 42, who is looking for his first win in nearly five years, card a second-round three under par 68 in the Valspar Championship in Florida.

But back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 hampered the 14-time major victor until a stunning tee shot on the 17th hole left a putt from two feet to haul him within three shots of leader Conners.

Woods' two playing competitors in a marquee group, three-times major champion Jordan Spieth (71) and Swedish world number 14 Henrik Stenson (74), were well outside the projected cutline of two over.

Despite mixing four birdies with three bogeys, the World No.58 found himself just three shots off the clubhouse lead on a course that hasn't been kind to him over the years.

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Tiger Woods makes it look easy as he blasts out of the woods during the first round of the Valspar.

"It didn't feel very good", Woods said, via Golf Channel.

Tiger Woods is drawing inspiration from fellow veteran Phil Mickelson's win in Mexico last weekend as he plots the latest stage of his comeback this week ahead of next month's Masters.

The last time Woods led a tournament at any point was in 2015, and the last time he won one was way back in 2013, when he counted among his wins The Players Championship and two other WGC events, finishing second in the FedEx Cup standings. I'm starting to get a better feel for it, I'm finding the rhythm of the rounds, I'm hitting shots, I don't have a problem posting scores. He dropped shots on the next two holes, going short into the wind on No. 12 and over the green with the wind at his back on No. 13.

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Woods finished 12th in his most recent tournament - the Honda Classic last month - eight strokes back of victor Justin Thomas.

The prospects of the outright lead disappeared with a bogey on the ninth when he pushed his approach right of the green and it finished up in a female spectator's handbag.

"This was a nice little 5-iron", Woods said. "I moved all the people and even warned them in case the club breaks and gets over there".

"For me, I'm ecstatic to have a chance to play again, compete and win golf tournaments".

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