Tiger continues rebound

Former world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods avoided missing back-to-back cuts for the first time in his professional career with a 135 total at The Greenbrier Classic that sees him join the weekend action just four strokes behind the leaders.
Former world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods avoided missing back-to-back cuts for the first time in his professional career with a 135 total at The Greenbrier Classic that sees him join the weekend action just four strokes behind the leaders.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (West Virginia) • Tiger Woods made it safely to the weekend at the Greenbrier Classic while Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas fired a five-under 65 to join Scott Langley on top of the leaderboard on Friday.

Vegas had five birdies with no bogeys for a nine-under, halfway total of 131. Langley, who was the overnight leader after a first-round 62, carded a one-under 69 to maintain a share of the lead.

They were chased by a tightly bunched field, with a group of seven players just one stroke back.

Former world No. 1 Woods, coming off a dismal US Open showing at Chambers Bay, avoided missing back-to-back cuts for the first time in his professional career, firing a roller-coaster, one-under 69 to head a group on 135 that also included two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (68).

Woods, who delivered a solid 66 in the first round, made his fourth birdie of the day at the final hole to get back to under par for the day. He had three bogeys on the back nine at the Old White TPC course.

Still, his 36-hole total of 135 is his best on the PGA Tour since he opened with a 135 at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship.

On a day marked by morning rain that led to a brief delay, Vegas hit all 18 greens in regulation and birdied two of his last three holes to put himself in contention for his first win since his rookie season in 2011.

"I feel like I am playing great," he said. "I just have not been able to put it all together.

"But I'm staying patient and working really hard to make it happen, and it's coming together."

Langley was not surprised he could not match his birdie bonanza in his opening round on Thursday.

"Following up a round of 62 is never super easy," he said.

"I left a lot of putts within six inches of the hole, just right in the heart.

"I need to be a little more assertive on the greens."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2015, with the headline 'Tiger continues rebound'. Print Edition | Subscribe