Old and new Woods on display in Players tournament

Fri May 8, 2015 7:32pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, (Reuters) - The old Tiger Woods stepped up when it mattered, but the new, out-of-sorts version was also on display at the Players Championship on Friday

The 14-time major champion coaxed in a clutch nine-foot birdie putt on the ninth green, his final hole of the day, to get himself through to weekend action at TPC Sawgrass.

The 2001 and 2013 Players champion gave an animated fist pump as he carded a one-under 71, enough to finish at even par, eight shots back of Kevin Na’s early lead.

“It felt good. Knowing that I had to make four to move on, at least assure myself to move on, it felt good,” Woods said.

“I knew after I bogeyed seven that the number was probably going to be even.”

The round was one of highs and lows for Woods ,who had five bogeys but countered with six birdies.

He pulled a handful of irons at times and failed to really dial in his distances on approaches to the greens.

“I haven't gotten anything out of my rounds, that's the thing. I should be a few under par each day, and I'm just not capitalizing on my opportunities, and I need to start doing that,” Woods said.   Continued...

May 8, 2015; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Tiger Woods plays a shot on the 14th hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports