WATCH: Tiger Woods pays two visits to the water as he misfires approaching the iconic 17th green at Sawgrass
Tiger Woods was closing in on the lead as he approached the famous 17th island green at The Players Championship at Sawgrass, only for two trips to the water to undermined his challenge.
The former world No.1 opened his second round with three birdies in his opening seven holes as he played the back nine first, yet his challenge faltered badly as he put two of his approaches into the water on the par three 17th.
Woods finally left the scene of his calamity with a seven on his card and did well to steady his nerve as he picked up two birdies in the second half of his round to finish at three-under-par.
Woods had narrowly avoided the water on the 13th and 16th and made birdie on both occasions, but his luck ran out on the 17th when his tee shot pitched on the green but just trickled off the back edge.
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Tiger Woods puts two in the water on No. 17. 💦 pic.twitter.com/xEqCMx04Z0
The 43-year-old opted to play his next shot from the drop zone but a pulled approach took one bounce before plunging into the water and after finally finding the green, Woods two-putted from 20 feet.
"The second wedge didn't really surprise me, it was too flat. The first one I hit surprised me," Woods told reporters. "I was pretty ticked. I was determined to get it all back.
"Other than 17 I really haven't done a whole lot wrong. Anyone who makes the cut has a chance."