PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Television cameras and thousands of eyeballs focused on Tiger Woods’ right foot as he made his way up the sixth fairway.
No worries, though. It was just a broken shoe.
Woods snapped the eyelet during his tee shot at the par-4 No. 5, called for a backup shoe and made a quick swap following his approach shot on the next hole.
Woods made four consecutive birdies in the middle of his round Friday, shot 4-under 68 and made the cut by two shots at 2-under 142.
“I probably could have gotten one or two more out of it,” said Woods, who missed the cut last week at the Wells Fargo Championship. “But I really played well today. I was just very consistent, and nothing spectacular, just real solid golf.”
Woods finished the second round six shots behind co-leaders Zach Johnson, Kevin Na and Matt Kuchar.
“I’m still with a good chance,” said Woods, whose 69 ended a streak of nine consecutive rounds in the 70s on the PGA Tour.
ST. SIMONS SUCCESS: The leaderboard is dotted with guys who live just a few miles from each other in St. Simons Island, Ga.,
Johnson, Kuchar, Harris English and Jonathan Byrd all call the 18-square-mile resort island home. They routinely practice and play together.
“It’s pretty impressive,” Kuchar said. “We have got a great crew of guys up in Sea Island. All of us hang out at Frederica Golf Club.”
Kuchar and English will be paired together in today’s third round.
CUT STREAK ENDS: Steve Stricker entered this week with the longest active cut streak on the PGA Tour with 49 consecutive made cuts.
It ended after rounds of 76-74–150 left him six shots above the cut line.
Gary Woodland, who was second on the made cut list with 22, also missed the cut. So did Webb Simpson, who had 18 in a row.
That leaves Kuchar, as the current leader with 17 made cuts in a row. He had been tied at 16 cuts in a row with Hunter Mahan, but Mahan missed the cut this week.