Tiger Woods needed to put together a solid second round on Friday in the Tour Championship at East Lake in order to get himself back in contention for the 2013 FedEx Cup. Woods, who was in a disappointing 29th after the first day, appeared to be on his way to a great round after the first 13 holes — he’d recorded five birdies by that point — but a disastrous last few holes — a double-bogey on the 14th hole, a bogey on the 16th, and a triple-bogey on the 17th — now has him 13 strokes (for now) behind leader Henrik Stenson.
Woods, ranked first in the FedEx Cup standings, doesn’t believe he’s out of contention yet, reminding reporters after his round that the weekend is still to come:
I’m still in contention. There’s 36 holes. That’s why we play. That’s why we play four rounds. This is not a sprint. It’s tournament golf. It’s four rounds. It’s a marathon. You’ve got to keep plugging around (USA Today Sports).
Woods also acknowledged how tired he was feeling, saying he “ran out of gas” over the last few holes. He’s participating in his seventh tournament in the last 10 weeks.