The PGA Tour Congressional golf leaderboard has Marc Leishman leading Greg Chalmers at the Quicken Loans National tournament in Bethesda with Morgan Hoffman and Ricky Barnes behind, while Tiger Woods is low on the score board after putting up a 74 following his injury return and the scores into the second round and leading into the third on Saturday has those players looking to stay on track into the weekend.
Tiger Woods is with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day and they are teeing off from number one at Congressional after being at number 10 on Thursday morning and they tee off in the afternoon session. Woods hit 10 of 18 greens and also had nine of 14 fairways and that was promising despite his sloppy play, as he has some performance to build on and as he gets his strength back those numbers should be even better and while he had a number of bogeys, he looked better down the stretch and that could mean he is starting to get back to form and comfort leading into the weekend if he makes the cut.
Woods playing mediocre here really is not a concern when it comes to him getting back to form and it shouldn't really factor into how he will perform at the British Open. Woods has been off for three months and has not been able to play as much as he could with other injuries, meaning he should be rusty right now as he returns to the course. Woods had a rough year to start and that was in part due to his injury in the first place and he was out for three months while recovering from back surgery.
Woods had to withdraw from the Honda and did not win ahead of his injury on tour and now he returns for Congressional and he is also set to play at Royal Liverpool for the Open Championship. Woods won five times on tour last year and three of those came before the Masters, which he was forced to miss this year along with the US open due to the injury. That was the first time that Woods had to miss the tournament at Augusta and now he is looking to stay healthy and on track for the British Open and PGA Championships.
Bill Haas is the defending champion here and he had a solid day with a 68, while Woods ended strong with three birdies over the last six holes and that kept him hovering and now he needs a solid day to get into the weekend. Woods was among a big group of players that did not make par and he has won tournaments before despite going for a 74 in the first round, including when he did at the Masters nearly a decade ago. Woods wants to make sure that he is ready for the British Open, as he has won at Royal Liverpool before and he sure would like to add another major to that total of 14 after this long drought.