Woods, making his first start since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February, went out in 35 shots with two birdies and a bogey, before returning in 34 shots with three birdies and a bogey.
Woods faltered a little on the back nine after an outward nine of 31 had him contending for the lead but there is little doubting his readiness for more tournament golf in early 2018 and that golf is ready for him.
It took one round of three-under par for Vegas to start drinking the Tiger Woods Kool-Aid.
The solid second-round effort, which included an eagle and four birdies, left the former world number one tied for fifth place at seven-under 137 in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery.
Against long odds, facing some of the best players in the world and coming just seven months after spinal fusion surgery to his lower back, the former world No. 1 and victor of 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour titles put himself in position Friday to actually win for the first time since 2013. He carded another birdie on the 11th but bogeyed the 12th and 18th holes to drop back.
"I think everyone was hoping for the best, but this is definitely better than we thought", said his caddie, Joe LaCava. I've learned a lot of things since my surgeon said go ahead and start swinging full. After a massive drive on the ninth, Woods rifled a 3-wood from 275 yards to 18 feet and canned the putt for eagle. The next hole is par-five. Those are the internal struggles I haven't had for a while. Still, there's a lot more to learn. "That's one of the reasons I went out and played nine straight days before, back home and down here, as well". Rose had five birdies against one bogey. "I mean, that's pretty good for 36 holes". "I just played solid".