PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. Tiger Woods nearly had a second straight free weekend to play some leisurely golf with Rory McIlroy.
But a sand save at No. 17 and a scramble for par at No. 18 on Friday enabled Woods to finish 36 holes at even par right on the cut line and stay alive at The Honda Classic.
Earlier, world No. 1 McIlroy withdrew in the middle of his ninth hole, citing a sore wisdom tooth. He and world No. 2 Woods played 36 holes together at Hobe Sound, Fla., last Sunday after both were eliminated in the first round of the Match Play Championship.
Woods advanced to this weekend by parring the par-5 18th hole to post a second straight even-par 70.
"I knew where I was at, but my goal was to get to 2-under with the last five holes to go," Woods said. "I figured if I shoot 2-under coming in, I'd be in a good spot going into the weekend, and didn't quite do it."
The round's most critical shot appeared to be a sand wedge at the par-3 17th with one foot in the sand and the oth...