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Tiger Woods makes a second-round recovery at Deutsche Bank tournament

September 4, 2010 | 11:25 am


Just when it appeared that Tiger Woods had lost the feel for his golf game, he came roaring back on Saturday with a six-under-par 65 to move away from the cut line and into the middle of the pack at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.

Before the winds began to gust at the TPC Boston golf course, Woods birdied four of the first seven holes he played. He made it through the second round without a bogey and has reached the halfway point of the tournament tied for 29th place at five-under 137, seven shots off the pace of Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker.

That was a big contrast to Friday, when Woods carded four bogeys in six holes to open a round of one-over 72 and fell to the bottom of the scoring in the 99-player field, which is competing in the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Matt Kuchar and Charley Hoffman are tied for third at 11 under. Luke Donald is fifth at 10 under. Phil Mickelson shot a 65 and was in a large group at eight under, which included Stewart Cink, who is under serious consideration as a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and first-round leader Zach Johnson.

It was an important day for Woods, who is No. 65 in the FedEx Cup standings and needs to be among the top 70 after this week to advance to the third round of the playoffs at the BMW Championship, where he is the defending champion.

"I had to shoot a good one if I was going to move on, and I was able to do that today," Woods said. "I just felt better today. I just felt more energetic and ready to go."

--Dan Loumena

Photo: Tiger Woods watches his drive on the 12th hole Saturday during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Credit Adam Hunger / Reuters

Associated Press contributed to this report.