Connors keeps lead, but Woods in contention at Valspar

Tiger Woods’ latest comeback continues to look more like a reunion tour. On Friday he reunited with something he hasn’t seen in years.

The clubhouse lead.

Woods shot a 3-under 68 in the second round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., finishing his round in a tie atop the leaderboard at 4-under par 138 before a new leader emerged.

First-round leader Corey Connors, who shot a 4-under 67 on Thursday, went another 2-under par to once again take sole possession of the lead at 6-under.

Ryan Palmer fired a 66, and Paul Casey and Brandt Snedeker also shot 68s to finish at 4 under through two rounds. Kelly Kraft joined them and Woods for a five-way tie for second after a 1-under round.

But the story is Woods, who enters the weekend clearly in contention.

“I’m there with a chance (to win) going into the weekend,” Woods said, per Golfweek. “Today was a good day.”

Woods, a 14-time major champion who hasn’t won an event since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, had four birdies and a bogey Friday on Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course. A day earlier, he battled tough conditions to finish with nine pars, four bogeys and five birdies.

“I’m looking forward to (the weekend),” Woods continued. “I felt like I was able to grind today out. Today was a tough day especially early on with it being so cold. I thought I was very patient in the way I hit the golf ball today, placed it away from a lot of flags and when I had a few chances I took a run at them, I was able to convert.”

According to ESPN’s Jason Sobel, this marks the first time Woods stood atop a leaderboard in 2 1/2 years.

Woods, who came in 12th in last month’s Honda Classic, is set to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week in Orlando, Fla.

The performance by the 42-year-old Woods is even more impressive when considering his company. He is playing alongside Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson, who are a combined 11-over par through two rounds.

Woods is attempting a comeback on the PGA Tour after enduring four back surgeries.

–Field Level Media

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