He was four shots out of the lead going into the weekend.
Luke List dropped only one shot in his round of 4-under 66 in a tough Honda Classic with a shrinking number of players under par.
The leaders reached the halfway mark on three-under-par 137 with Woods in contention on a tightly packed leaderboard despite dropping three shots in two holes on his back nine at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
"I can't believe it's his third start, " said Snedeker, who played with Woods during the first two rounds and also third round at Torrey Pines last month.
"One bad hole today", Woods said. The ball started much further right than I wanted to and it just drifted into the water.
And he has plenty of company. He was even par over his final 10 holes to give himself two more rounds at PGA National.
"Maybe I ought to have been a little smarter to pick some easier venues, " he said. "It's good, though. These are the toughest test in golf".
Otaegui, from Spain, has one title on the European Tour, a year ago at the Paul Lawrie Match Play Championship. Whether you shoot two 80s or you lead after two rounds, you can see what you need to do and see where your game is. List's four-under 66, which he posted early this morning, ended up being the low-round of the field on a day that was highlighted by hard conditions, including high winds and firm greens. More aggravating to the players are the greens, which are old and bare, firm and crusty. It was tough.it's tough to make putts out there.
Rickie Fowler, the defending champion, carded a 76 to miss the cut at seven over. "I mean, they typically get slick and quick on the weekend because they dry out, but at least there's some sort of surface". In addition to the 36 tee shots that found the water, only 42 players hit the green out of 141.
"I'm just being very steady, " he said.
List is seeking his first PGA Tour win after showing signs of improvement in recent weeks.
Lovemark followed an opening-round 68 with a 69 on Friday to climb into a tie with List at 3-under for the tournament.
"It's kind of irrelevant because there's going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead", List said.
Korda, who is the daughter of former tennis player Petr Korda, leads fellow American Brittany Lincicome, who carded a 65 to go 12 under.
And there was another guy four shots behind. Any other week that likely places him in the middle of the pack through 36 holes, but this week is has him on top of the leader board, something he didn't even expect. However, he rebounded with a 5-iron to within 12 feet on the treacherous par-3 17th hole and converted the birdie to get back to 1-over for the tournament. Everyone knew it just from listening to the roars.
Lahiri missed a few birdie putts.
Not only did List post the best round of the day at four-under par, but he did so on the strength of a bogey-free back nine. For the second straight day, his momentum was quelled by a double bogey, this time on the 15th. He hit 8-iron around the palm trees to short of the green, and got up-and-down by making a 6-foot par putt for 72. He misread the speed and the line, so badly that it was similar to a vehicle driving from Chicago to Denver and winding up in Phoenix.
PGA National played more than three strokes over par on Friday, with the 190-yard 17th playing as the most hard hole on the course. That's where Rory McIlroy made triple bogey earlier in the day that ruined his otherwise solid round of 72, leaving him seven behind.
Simpson had three of his five birdies on the front nine. He felt the same way as Woods.