Woods fights fever and form to shoot two-under 70

Fri Dec 5, 2014 7:18pm EST
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By Larry Fine

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods shook off the effects of a fever and caught fire on the back nine before a last-hole stumble as he shot a two-under 70 in Friday's rain-interrupted second round of the Hero World Challenge.

"I wasn't feeling my best, that's for sure," said Woods, who ran a temperature of 102 before the fever broke during the second round of his comeback from back injuries and the challenge of another swing change.

Woods, who struggled to a 77 on Thursday in his first competition since August, sweated through his gray shirt before striking his first shot, paused several times for a hacking cough and sat on a cooler by a tee box for relief during his even-par first nine.

Although still in last place in the 18-player field, the 38-year-old Woods, who shut down his season after the PGA Championship, showed flashes of his old self in a stretch from the 13th at Isleworth.

The American blasted a five-iron second shot on the par-five 13th hole to within six feet and sank the putt for eagle. He followed with a birdie at 14 and another birdie at the 16th to reach four-under for the day.

"I hit a little bit closer today and made a couple of putts," he said after the round left him at three-over 147, 14 strokes off the lead.

With one hole left for him, a heavy downpour forced an 82-minute delay.

After play resumed, Woods stubbed a short pitch, leaving it in rough left of the green. He chipped on and two-putted from six feet for double bogey.   Continued...

Aug 8, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; PGA golfer Tiger Woods during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports