Tiger Woods feels his game is progressing despite missing the cut at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in California.
A five-over-par second round of 76, where Woods mixed eight bogeys and three birdies, left him on six over – four shots off the projected cut.
The leaders at the halfway stage were some 13 shots clear of the veteran American, playing in just his second full PGA Tour event since returning from his latest back surgery.
The 14-time Major champion had confirmed his intention to play next week’s Honda Classic before he missed the weekend action at Riviera.
Playing back-to-back tournaments will be another step in the right direction for the 42-year-old and he was not too disappointed, despite missing the weekend action.
“I’ve just got to play more tournaments,” said Woods. “I haven’t played golf in years. I’m starting to come back and it’s going to take a little time.
“I am progressing, I’m starting to get a feel for tournament golf again. I just need to clean up my rounds.”
Most facets of Woods’ short game have looked in good order since he reappeared in the Hero World Challenge in December.
He made the cut and finished tied-23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open last month at Torrey Pines. He conceded that his putting lacked some assurance during the second round at Riviera.
He added: “[Friday] was the first day I felt bad with a putter this year. I didn’t feel very good when I was warming up about putting.”