Tiger overcomes slow start, posts even-par 72

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — For a good part of his round Saturday, Tiger Woods flirted with the secondary cut at the Players Championship, bogeying three of his first eight holes while seemingly being lost on the greens.

He managed to turn around things over his closing seven holes, making three birdies to salvage an even-par 72 and earn himself another round at TPC-Sawgrass.

“We kind of fought back a little bit,” Woods said. “I got it back to even par. I thought that was a good goal after being 3 over through 8 and just fought hard. I fought to the very end and I was able to post even par for the day.”

That got Woods to 3-under 213 for the tournament and safely inside the number needed to play on Sunday. Whenever there are more than 78 players who make the 36-hole cut, the PGA Tour has a secondary cut to the top 70 players and ties. Eighty players made it to Saturday. Those who fail to advance are still credited with a made cut and are paid.

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