Cantlay leads as Woods vies to make cut at Riviera

Cantlay leads as Woods vies to make cut at Riviera

Then he made three straight bogeys, two with three-putts, to cut short just his second full field event since back fusion surgery last April.

Sam Saunders was one of those players and he was on seven under with McDowell and fellow American Cantlay after 15 holes of his second round.

Watson has held the 54-hole lead 10 times in his PGA Tour career, and has gone on to win three times with a final round scoring average of 71.1.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend.

Cantalay sank a 55-foot putt on the 18th for a birdie in a round of 69.

"I'm both pleased and also not very happy with some parts of it", Woods said when asked what he thought of his game. "I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens and consequently never made a run. "(But) just the inconsistency of it. 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.

Smith received encouragement from playing the first two rounds with three-time major victor Singh.

Rory McIlroy is no stranger to the mobocracy that chases Tiger Woods around a golf tournament, but even a player who's teed it up many times with the aging superstar can't believe how his boyhood idol deals with increasingly unruly crowds that may cost golf's most popular player a few shots per event. He got his third birdie on eighth from around five feet and turned in two-under.

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Woods' abbreviated week in Los Angeles began with a lost ball in a eucalyptus tree and ended with his surprising loss of touch on the greens.

A bogey at the 12th had him two-over and in recovery mode the rest of the way.

Tiger Woods holed eight bogeys as the struggling 14-time major champion missed the cut at the Genesis Open on Friday.

"I've got a headache after all that", admitted McIlroy. The Northern Ireland native rallied for four birdies in a six-hole stretch to tie for the low round of the day at 5-under. Then came bogeys at five and seven - where he was dismayed to drop a shot from the fairway.

A birdie at 10 appeared to give him fresh hope, but it did not last.

He blasted it up to the fringe to salvage a par and pronounced the overall performance "all right". "So, you know, keep building". 'The greens are starting to get a little bouncy and those short ones are not easy.

Bubba Watson - who headed to Staples Center after his round to participate in the NBA's celebrity All-Star Game on Friday night - is among the group at 4-under after shooting 70.

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