After struggling to an opening round of three-over-par 73, the 2016 Honda Classic victor dropped two shots during a 72 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.
Five pars in a row had him sitting pretty in the top-10 before his tee shot at the Par 3 15th found the water and he failed to get up and down from the drop zone to save bogey.
Justin Thomas is in a group of five players at 3-under that also includes Daniel Berger, Morgan Hoffman, Mackenzie Hughes and Louis Oosthuizen. That part, I'm going to have to learn.
He has made just six birdies through two rounds and has two double-bogeys on his scorecard, but he has really played just two bad holes out of 36. After escaping the dreaded Bear Trap, Tiger drained a four-foot par putt to cap an adventurous day and get into contention heading into the weekend.
Woods steadied his score with a closing birdie to ensure he makes the cut at a US Tour event for just the second time since August 2015. Woods said he grinded throughout his round, forced, at times, to muster all his talents just to make par.
The course conditions remained hard so the overall lead actually dropped one shot from Thursday when Webb Simpson and Alex Noren topped the leaderboard at four under.
Tiger bounced back with a an excellent tee shot of the 17th tee, which lead to a birdie.
Having previously failed to realise the expectations that many continue to have for the 14-time Majors victor, there was an unusual serenity to his play as he hit the first birdie of yesterday's round on the 4th. For the second straight day, his momentum was quelled by a double bogey, this time on the 15th.
His work around the greens remained solid, but his putter was definitely just lukewarm for most of the day.
Woods hasn't won since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, a World Golf Championship, but he survived a tough first two days. While the Weather Channel forecasts possible morning rain showers, which could make the greens a little more receptive, sustained winds of around 14 miles per hour are still expected to increase the degree of difficulty on tee and approach shots. The only two-time victor on Tour this season shot an 8-over 78 to miss the cut at 12-over. Once he got there, he figured his best chance at birdie was to hit 3-wood on or near the green. He's effectively hit delicate chip shots and demanding bunker shots. "So here we are, we're back at a golf course I know and I play well here".