It was just like old times for Tiger Woods as he ominously worked his way up the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard last night until he suddenly lost ground after the turn.
In dazzling sunshine at Torrey Pines, the former world No 1 briefly closed to within two shots of the lead before ending the second round five strokes behind pace-setting fellow American Bill Haas.
Woods ground out a three-under-par 69 on the South Course, one of two layouts staging the PGA Tour event, for a six-under total of 138.
Two birdies in the last three holes put a relieved smile on his face after he had dropped three shots in five holes from the 11th.
A seven-times winner at the spectacular coastal venue, including his most recent Major victory at the 2008 US Open, Woods recorded four straight birdies from the third, a monster 28-footer at the fifth prompting him to pump his right fist in trademark fashion.
After reaching the turn in four-under 32, Woods' driving problems then caught up with him as he struggled over the closing nine.
He bogeyed the par-three 11th and the par-four 14th, both times taking two shots to escape greenside bunkers, and also dropped a shot at the 15th, where he found the right rough off the tee.
The world number three recorded his fifth birdie of the day at the par-three 16th, sinking a 13-footer, and did well to save par at 17 after ending up in another greenside bunker.
Woods splashed out to 20 feet and calmly rolled in the putt before, at the par-five last, driving straight down the middle of the fairway and hitting his second shot to 40 feet above the hole before two-putting for a birdie.
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