Woods over par in second round

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CHELTENHAM, Australia -- Tiger Woods only managed a one-over 72 on Friday to finish two rounds nine shots out of the lead at the JBWere Masters.

Woods, the defending champion, came in at one-under 141, but is nine shots behind second-round leader Adam Bland.

"It was pretty blustery out there. It was tough," Woods said in a televised interview. "I hit the ball well pretty much off the tee and wasn't quite as sharp as I needed to be with my irons."

Woods' biggest problem thus far at Victoria Golf Club has been with the flat stick. The former world No. 1 took 64 swipes with the putter through two rounds.

"I just had a hard time with the greens again," admitted Woods. "I over read every putt because the greens were slower than they were yesterday. It was hard to believe they weren't going to swing."

Woods won last year's JBWere Masters by two shots, punctuating his first trip to Australia in 11 years with his seventh victory of 2009 -- the first six coming on the PGA Tour.

What a difference a year makes.

Less than two weeks after that win, Woods was in a post-Thanksgiving car accident that touched off revelations of his extra-marital affairs.

His personal life in a tailspin for much of the time since then, Woods hasn't hoisted another trophy. He lost his No. 1 ranking to Lee Westwood last week.

By finishing tied for sixth place at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last Sunday, Woods completed the first winless season of his career on the PGA Tour.

On Monday, he finished last in a four-man skins game in Thailand, winning just one of the 18 holes against Camilo Villegas, Paul Casey and Thongchai Jaidee.

Another star struggling in 2010 soared up the leaderboard on Friday.

Sergio Garcia, who sunk to 70th in the world rankings, fired a six-under 65 and vaulted into fourth place at four-under 138.

"I'm just taking it slowly, taking the positives out of everything," said Garcia, who rebounded from a 73 on Thursday. "I'm trying to make sure that rounds like yesterday don't affect me, making sure that a bad round doesn't get to me too much."

Andre Stolz' second consecutive 67 led him into second place at minus-eight, followed by another Australian, Daniel Gaunt, whose 72 on Friday moved him to third at five-under 137.

Villegas is tied for 16th at minus-one, while former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy shares 23rd at even-par 142.


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