Tiger Woods makes Frys.com cut by 2

Updated: October 8, 2011, 1:28 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Tiger Woods wasn't thinking about missing a second consecutive cut for the first time in his professional career. He had his mind on the top of the leaderboard.

But when he finished his second round of the Frys.com Open on Friday, he was closer to the cut line than he was to the lead.

A 3-under-par 68 at CordeValle Golf Club got Woods safely to the weekend after 53 players who were unable to complete the second round Friday due to a 2-hour, 20-minute fog delay finished on Saturday. Woods was at 141, 1-under-par, trailing leader Paul Casey by seven strokes and making the cut with two shots to spare.

"The number was 64 today, that was kind of the goal," Woods said. "I figured if I shot 64 I'd be between two (strokes) and four back. That was my mindset going out."

It didn't work out that way for Woods, but he showed flashes at times, birdieing three straight holes at one point during his first nine (the back nine) but also hitting some poor drives.

Woods hit just 6 of 14 fairways, struggling with several drives that went to the left. And yet he managed to hit 14 greens in regulation, and another he was on the fringe. He took 29 putts, two more than Thursday, but said he putted better, hitting just one poor one.

For the round, Woods made six birdies and three bogeys.

It was anything but an ordinary round of golf -- one in which he had more birdie chances when he couldn't hit the fairway, and vice-versa.

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Allan Henry/US PresswireTiger Woods bounced back from his first-round struggles to shoot a 68 on Friday.

Woods hit just one of his first seven fairways but managed to find 7 of 9 greens and at one point made three straight birdies.

After shooting 2-under-par 34 on the back nine (his first nine holes), Woods hit a smother-hook tee shot at the par-4 first that traveled just 160 yards., leading to a bogey. But he rebounded with a birdie on the second hole and then started finding fairways.

It was Woods' first score in the 60s since his opening round at the Bridgestone Invitational, a no-cut event. That makes this tournament his first made cut since the Masters in April, where he tied for fourth.

Woods, who missed the cut at the PGA Championship, has never missed consecutive cuts as a pro.

This is Woods' first tournament since the PGA Championship and just his 10th overall this year due to injuries. He was ineligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs but is scheduled to play the Australian Open, the Presidents Cup and the Chevron World Challenge.

When play finished Friday, Woods was tied for 40th, seven strokes behind Casey. The Englishman is the highest-ranked player in the world at No. 20, but he failed to qualify for the playoffs as well and needs to play two more tournaments to meet the PGA Tour minimum of 15.

He is also 135th on the money list, and needs to be inside the top 125 in order to be fully exempt in 2012 on the PGA Tour.

Bob Harig is a golf writer for ESPN.com.

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