Woods battling to make Wells Fargo cut

His comeback is compelling from a sporting perspective but Tiger Woods' resurgence is like gold dust for golf's PGA Tour

Starting at the 10th hole, the 42-year-old made bogey at the par-four 11th and dropped another shot at 14, although he negotiated the course's unsafe "Green Mile" without further damage.

He had only seven birdie opportunities inside 20 feet, even though he kept the ball in play for the most part.

Then there are the relatively new greens and plenty for Woods to contend with Thursday in his first competitive round since the Masters.

Asked if he "figured" he needed to make that birdie putt on No. 9 to position himself to make the cut, Woods said, "I figured that it was just outside left".

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'I just struggled with the speed of the greens. "The greens aren't quite as fast as when I remember playing here, but they are more hard". If I just putt normal I'm right there. "I've just got to be able to do it". I'm hitting it fine. 'I really struggled getting the pace right. "That's not a combo that you find very often, where they're firm but on the slower side", he said.

Woods three-putted twice for bogey, including the par-3 sixth hole when he had a downhill birdie chance from about 18 feet.

The most painful, perhaps, came on a par-4 14th hole when Woods lipped out a 6-footer for birdie. After hitting 13 of 18 greens in regulation in Round 1 on Thursday, Woods did so again on Friday.

"Well, the golf course is much harder than it used to be, that's for sure", Woods said. "More bunkers are in play, they're more hard to carry, and some of the greens have more slope".

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The 14-times major champion did not touch a club for 10 days after that disappointing result at Augusta National and arrived at Quail Hollow, where he triumphed in 2007, with a new set of irons that he hoped would help turn things around.

Petersen will take a two-shot lead into the second day after a six under 65, which featured back-to-back eagles on the seventh and eighth.

The 42-year-old and four-times major victor McIlroy are both making their first starts after disappointing performances at the U.S. Masters. "I know a little bit has been said about me retiring if I don't make the necessary money for my medical starts, and all that's true".

Based on how uncharacteristically poorly Woods had been putting in the first two rounds, the odds certainly were stacked against him making it. Making matters even more ominous, Woods' two playing partners, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koekpa, both missed their putts on a similar line prior to Woods standing over his.

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A few moments later, Woods was headed to the practice putting green.

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