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Woods admits battle for form

ESPN staff
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Tiger Woods came on strong towards the end of his round © PA Photos
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Tiger Woods described his second round at the Honda Classic as a "grind", but the American was happy to post a below-par score despite not being at his best.

Woods once again struggled to get all facets of his game working in tandem, though a late rally gave his scorecard some much-needed gloss. The 14-time major champion signed for a 68, leaving him seven shots adrift of clubhouse leader Tom Gillis on one-under par.

A birdie-birdie finish meant Woods, who began on the back nine, could breathe a huge sigh of relief as he survived the cut, but the 36-year-old admitted his round had been a battle throughout.

"It was a grind," Woods told pgatour.com. "I got it going, lost it, got it going, lost it and got it going. I didn't have it, but I scored and that's something I can take out of it."

At one point Woods looked destined to bow out of the tournament before the weekend, but he cites his tee shot at the sixth as the launch pad for his strong finish.

"I figured something out at the very end, the last four holes, after the tee shot I hit on six," he said. "Unfortunately, it took me that long to figure it out. But once I figured it out, I hit some good shots coming in.

"I know I putted a lot better today. I finally got putts to the hole, and that was kind of the goal today, not leave one putt short."

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