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Fired up Woods rockets into contention at Buick Open

GRAND BLANC, Michigan (Reuters) – A fired up Tiger Woods roared into contention with a second round nine-under 63 at the Buick Open Friday, burying any thoughts he might miss consecutive cuts for the first time in his professional career.

Back in action for the first time since the British Open where he failed to make the cut in a major championship for only the second time as a professional, Woods arrived at Warwick Hills Friday morning facing the possibility of another weekend off.

After laboring to an opening round 71 on one of his all-time favorite layouts, Woods languished tied in 95th place, three shots behind the projected cut off of four-under and eight behind overnight leader Steve Lowery.

But the world number one responded in spectacular style going six-under on his opening five holes on way to his lowest round of the season to rocket up the leaderboard.

Michael Letzig seized the second round clubhouse lead after returning a seven-under 65 but all eyes were on Woods, who is lurking just two shots back on midway total of 10-under 134.

“It’s a process I can’t get it all back in one round, I positioned myself so far back yesterday it wasn’t going to happen,” Woods told reporters. “But if I birdied the holes you’re suppose to birdie and a couple of others here and there you’re going to come up with a round in the mid-60s and I thought that would get me in touch with the leaders.

“I was so far back yesterday I was just trying to make sure I put a dent into that everyday.

“At least I’m back in the tournament.”

It was Woods’ 33rd consecutive under-par round at Warwick Hills but not his lowest at the tree-lined layout.

He achieved that in 2005 when the 14-times major winner also fumbled to a 71 then hit back with a course record 61.

Playing the back nine first, Woods took advantage of ideal conditions opening with back-to-back birdies then chipped in for eagle on the par four 12th.

The 33-year-old American then dropped rapid fire birdies at 13 and 14th before his first par of the day on the 15th which was followed by another birdie at 16.

But Woods had not completely worked the kinks out of a wonky putter that he blamed for his disappointing first round.

Cruising along at seven-under through seven Woods missed a three-footer for birdie on 17 then three-putted the 18th for his only bogey of the round.

After a birdie at the first, Woods’s charge stalled with five consecutive pars but finished with another flurry nailing back-to-back birdies at seven and eight.

“I was a little bit hot after yesterday,” said Woods. “It was nice to birdie the first couple.

“This golf course is playing soft and easy, you should birdie every hole but you can also make a few mistakes like I did yesterday.

“If I shot that number again today, I’m out of here.”

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)