Tiger misses cut at Riviera; Cantlay, McDowell share lead

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Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth hit a 69 to be seven shots behind Watson, while fellow star Rory McIlroy - victor of four major titles - fell to even par after recording a disappointing 2-over 73.

The Antrim man hit three birdies and two bogeys, bouncing back to pick up a shot on the par-five 17th after bogeying the 16th. I am progressing, I'm starting to get a feel for tournament golf again.

Why has he never won here?

Cantlay thrives on his ability to keep his head on the shot in front of him, and to keep his emotions from swinging too much - swinging anywhere, really - in either direction.

"I haven't played golf in years", he said.

Patrick Cantlay had a one-shot lead going to the back nine until he ran into tree trouble on the 12th and 13th holes.

McIlroy also hinted Woods was at a disadvantage due to the distractions from the vast galleries that follow him every time he tees it up on the PGA Tour.

"I didn't feel very good when I was warming up with my putter", said Woods, who had three three-putts on the back nine.

CHAMPIONS: In Naples, Florida, Miguel Angel Jimenez eagled the par-5 third hole and shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the Chubb Classic. "He's obviously not driving it well, he's not hitting the shots that he wants to". "What people don't realise is it's not just something that happens on Sunday afternoon".

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"I thought his short game display (on Thursday) was very, very impressive", McIlroy said.

Or Friday at Riviera, where boisterous fans inserted themselves into the action on the field.

"I don't focus very well and I don't listen very well, " Watson said jokingly. "I've just got to play more tournaments".

Most other competitors are immune from the free-for-all that breaks out around Woods. "The Alabama product's birdies came at 5, 7, 9, 11 and 18, four from between seven and 25 feet, capping with a walk-off 3 from 9'11".

Bubba Watson has trouble concentrating and focusing - but when things get tougher, he gets better at it.

A total of 23 players are within five strokes of the lead, including four-time Major victor Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, who both played alongside Woods, and carded rounds of 71 and 69 respectively.

Actually, having any good news to report when it comes to Tiger Woods is something of a sea change after a tumultuous few years for the 14-time major champion both on and off the golf course, so let's start there.

McIlroy, though finds the clamor surrounding Tiger exhausting.

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