"I didn't really play that well today", Woods said Friday. That's been nice, something I haven't done in years.
On eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, the 3-time Web.com Tour grad offset two squares and a double with six birdies, now T1 in total birdies thru 36 holes with 11.
Sam Saunders was one of the players yet to complete his second round and he was on seven under with McDowell and fellow American Cantlay after 15 holes of his second round.
Starting this time on the first, Lahiri had 10 and a half feet for an eagle, but settled for a birdie and then on the third, he holed a 10-footer for a birdie. He birdied three of the last four in a 68 after opening with a 64. He followed a double bogey on No. 12 and a bogey on No. 13 with a hole-out from the bunker on the par-3 14th hole. I've got a headache after all that. "You could see how pumped I was". "Like it's two shots a tournament he has to give to the field because of all that that goes on around him". Earlier Friday afternoon, he committed to next week's Honda Classic, his first time playing back-to-back tournaments since before last year's surgery and first time doing so on the PGA Tour since August 2015. He played the rest of the round at par, moving from a tie for sixth into sole possession of fourth place.
"I'm definitely within shouting distance, that's for sure", said Johnson, who said he made a minor adjustment on the range Saturday morning to move closer to the ball.
"Whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn't become such a novelty that he's back out playing again because it's tiring", McIlroy continued. "I got off to a rough start (Thursday), but I knew I had a lot of golf left and this golf course is tough".
Watson, whose wife was a professional basketballer, played in the NBA All-Star weekend celebrity game in Los Angeles on Friday. On Sunday he will attempt to add to his victories at Riviera in 2014 and 2016, when it was called the Northern Trust Open.
This is only the 17th time in his 23-year PGA Tour career as a professional and 18th time worldwide that Woods has failed to reach the weekend.
"You gotta know that this course is going to make you mess up", Watson said. As long as you are around the lead, one shot behind, one shot ahead. "Just play golf, let everything come". "And you gotta keep fighting and hope that your fight is better than everybody else's fight".