Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the risky 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt.
Woods had only one big blunder - a double bogey on the par-5 third hole when he missed the green and missed a 3-foot putt - in an otherwise stress-free round. "There's not really too many easy holes, but if you hit fairways and go from there, you can make a few birdies out there".
The famous 17th Par 3 on the Champions Course at PGA National has become the talk of the tournament.
The leaders reached the halfway mark on three-under-par 137 with Woods in contention on a tightly packed leaderboard despite dropping three shots in two holes on his back nine at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
"It's unfortunate that the greens have changed this much in a year", Fowler said. Lahiri had three bogeys, two of them on the last two holes. - Tiger Woods had what he called "easily" his best round hitting the ball, and he didn't even break par at the Honda Classic. They were among only 10 players remaining under par.
"I played well. It's very hard to score because you can't put a foot wrong on this course".
"Overall it was a good grind out there, it was tough, tough to make putts out there, but the key is to keep hitting the ball on the green and keep getting G-I-R-s and keep giving myself looks at it and I did that for most of the day", Woods said.
Webb Simpson, who shared the 18-hole lead with Alex Noren, made double bogey with a wedge in his hand on the par-5 18th.
Fowler missed the cut this year, while Thomas is just two shots off the lead.
"It's very relentless", List said.
Lovemark followed an opening-round 68 with a 69 on Friday to climb into a tie with List at 3-under for the tournament. "One swing out here can cost you three shots".
Luke List is seeking his first PGA Tour victory. One bad hole nearly led Rory McIlroy to have a free weekend, as well.
Woods watched Brandt Snedeker nail a 5-iron to a few feet at the 17th, but then the wind backed off. Getting some 15,000 people to quiet down proved almost impossible as Woods tried to figure out what to do. He was still sitting on the cut line before a double bogey on his 15th hole of the day dropped him to 7-over. Making it even tougher for Woods was that Brandt Snedeker hit 5-iron before him to about six feet.
"I'm in a good spot - really good spot - going into this week", Thomas said.