Step forward for Woods, but miles behind Spieth

Fri Dec 5, 2014 7:15pm EST
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By Larry Fine

WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods took a step forward but acknowledged he had a lot of work ahead after Friday's second round of the Hero World Challenge where he trailed leader Jordan Spieth by 14 strokes.

Woods, back in competition after nearly four months away due to back injuries, improved to a two-under 70 after an opening 77 despite suffering from a fever, but a wobbly short game continued to plague him.

"It's not very good," conceded Woods, who stood last in the 18-man field. "Just going to take more time, more patience."

Not so for rising American Spieth, who scorched the back nine with five birdies including three in a row from the 12th to reach 11-under with one hole to finish when play was halted due to darkness after an 82-minute weather delay late in the round.

Spieth said the rain helped his birdie run.

"It was nice for us," he said. "The greens putted a little slower."

Australian Open winner Spieth held a two-shot lead over Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who posted a 68 despite back-to-back bogeys from the 15th.

Another shot back at eight-under were England's Justin Rose (64) and Patrick Reed, who played alongside fellow American Woods and went out in a sensational seven-under 29 on his way to a 63.   Continued...

Aug 8, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; PGA golfer Tiger Woods tees off on the 5th hole during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports