Tiger Woods 'fans' gave Rory McIlroy a headache

Watson thrives on Hollywood vibe

Woods will be getting more tournament exposure next week after having committed to The Honda Classic at PGA National.

The 14-time major victor is now playing at this week's LA Open, where the 42-year-old is all but assured to miss the weekend with a six-over total through 16 holes.

Playing just his third event since a fourth back surgery past year, Woods struggled to find any rhythm and maintain any momentum on a Riviera Country Club track that has often befuddled him.

This is the second time in his 47 PGA Tour career starts that Cantlay has led or share the lead through two rounds.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy signed off for a 69, in which he hit five birdies and three bogeys, to leave him on two under. It was never hard to figure out where Woods was on the golf course, and that was particularly true for Saunders.

As McIlroy alluded to, Woods has scarcely played under conditions any less strenuous.

"For her only child to go through the struggles was a little rough on her", Woods said, "so she's very proud of me getting back out there".

"I thought his short game display on Thursday was very, very impressive".

"It's cost me a lot of shots over the year", he confirmed.

He dropped a shot on each of the 13th and 14th and was two-under at the turn, but rallied with three more birdies including a 54-foot putt on the par-3 4th to go joint first. "It was just one of those things".

While the glass half-empty brigade feasted on Woods's poor second-round 76 for a tie for 116th place as evidence he is never coming back, there was plenty for those alongside McIlroy in the other camp to draw upon. "Give him a little bit of time".

McIlroy continued: "You've got a six-foot putt and they'll shout, "It doesn't break as much as you think", just stuff like that - stuff they don't have to say. It just brings a different buzz to the tournament and it's really good for the game of golf, so it's cool for me to be playing in a tournament that he's playing in and be able to compete against him, a guy that I grew up just in awe of basically". It's tiring. I need a couple Advil just to - I've got a headache after all that.

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