Northern Trust Live Blog: Live updates from Round 2 at Ridgewood

August 24, 2018
We followed Tiger Woods with our Northern Trust live blog.

The 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs are underway at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. We are tracking all of the second round action below with our Northern Trust Live Blog.

Phil Mickelson was on fire in the morning on Friday. He finished with a 68, good enough to get him to six under, despite two late bogeys. Tiger Woods shot an even-par 71 on Thursday at Ridgewood. Woods tees off for the second round at 12:55 p.m. ET. He will need to go low to give himself a chance on the weekend.

Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson both opened with 67s and will try to catch the leaders Friday afternoon.

Follow the second round below.



5:47: But hang on a minute, folks — the cutline has moved to even par! No doubt Tiger backing up had an effect. There are now 79 players at T68 (even par) or better.

5:43: Okay, here we go. OH MY GOODNESS HE MISSED.

5:42: Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka has gone eagle-par-par-birdie-birdie on his last five hole to get to -9 for the tournament and one shot back of the lead.

5:41: Tiger is determined to make this interesting! His lag comes up woefully short, and now he’ll have a real knee-knocker of a four-footer to save par — and this event.

5:35: Tiger is safely on the green in regulation, but it’s a lengthy birdie putt. Here’s hoping the two-putt trend continues and he eases his way into the weekend.

5:32: Tiger finds the fairway on No. 18. He’ll have 157 left to the pin.

5:26: He makes it! Woo! Okay, now he just needs a par on 18, and TW is into the weekend.

5:21: Tiger hits his fourth shot into makeable range for par, maybe four feet. This is do or die! (Kind of!)

5:19: Just a reminder that Tiger is right on the cutline at the moment. A bogey here puts him on the wrong side of that line.

5:18: Another terrible lie for Tiger, and he fluffs it short of the green. Now he needs to get up and down just to save par. Yikes.

5:14: Tiger goes for it with a 3-wood but his lie in the rough kind of stymies him. He ends up short of the green in the second cut on the left side.

5:10: Okay, he’s in for par. Still -1. No. 17 is a par 5, so another potential birdie opportunity coming. He’s calling for his drive to get down, as it settles just off the fairway on the right, in the second cut.

5:04: Tiger misses his birdie, but at least he hit it hard enough. Unfortunately now he has a bit of a tester for par.

5:03: Tiger hits his 142-yard approach to about 28 feet for birdie.

4:56: Tiger responds with a great drive on 16, another fairway. But he has 29 putts on the day right now. Easy to see where the issues lie.

4:53: Oh no. Tiger misses his par save. He’s not happy. His tee shot really didn’t deserve where he ended up.

4:50: Tiger is not thrilled with his shot from the rough. He’ll have to battle for par now.

4:46: Tiger’s 9-iron on No. 15 was well-struck, but it drifts off the green into the second cut behind the hole.

4:41: Meanwhile, Adam Scott has the round of the day going. He’s seven under with one hole to play, and one shot behind the leader, Jamie Lovemark.

4:40: Ahhhh Tiger gives his putt just a bit too much respect, and it slides by on the left side. Another par, scorecard is still clean.

4:33: It’s just a pitching wedge left for TW, and he hits a perfectly controlled shot to about eight feet. Another birdie, perhaps?!

4:29: Another fairway for Tiger! He lays up short of the bunker on the right with a fairway wood. 139 yards left to the hole.

4:24: Finally! Birdie for Tiger at No. 13. His second of the day. He’s now -2 and eight shots back.

4:19: A beautiful approach for Tiger sets up a birdie look under 10 feet. Let’s see if he can make this one.

4:15: Tiger lays safely back, setting up a short-iron approach.

4:11: Another sweet 300-yard drive for Tiger on No. 13. He’s just short of the right fairway bunker, with 324 left to the hole. This is a 631-yard par 5.

4:04: Jamie Lovemark, meanwhile, dropped to -10, and Adam Scott is charging, with three birdies on his last three holes. He’s two shots back of Lovemark’s lead.

4:02: He just doesn’t seem to have the reads today. This one doesn’t touch the hole either. Another tap-in par.

4:01: 16 feet left for birdie. Tiger is taking his time.

4:00: Tiger manages to extricate his ball from the bunker. Now let’s see if he can make a putt!

3:55: No. 12 is a driveable par-4, 291 yards, and Tiger pumps a fairway wood at the left side of the green. The ball comes up about two feet short, through, and ends up in the bunker. Bummer!

3:48: Tiger’s long birdie try slips past the hole. Another miss, although this one was longish. He’s only had three birdies in 29 holes — ratio is a little off, dontcha think? Maybe there are some good looks still coming.

3:44: No. 11 is a 217-yard par 3. Tiger hits a good one, and will have another good look at birdie.

3:38: Never a chance for Tiger’s birdie putt. Too little speed, and too little break. Ho-hum par.

3:32: All right, here we go. Tiger pures a beautiful 6-iron to about 10 feet for birdie. Let’s get this back nine started, TW!

3:29: The Big Cat has some work to do if he wants to stay relevant in this tournament. Jamie Lovemark has opened up a four-shot lead over Sean O’Hair. Lovemark is -11 on his 15th hole.

3:27: Howdy, folks. Jess Marksbury with you now to bring home Tiger’s back nine. No. 10 is 482 yards long, and TW pipes a driver down the middle.

3:23: Tiger drains his par save to make the turn at -1.

3:19: Now Tiger for birdie at 9 from 30 feet… and he misses, running it 3 feet past.

3:16: Kevin Tway has tied O’Hair for second place at -7 with a birdie at 3.

3:14: Justin Thomas (-3), Brooks Koepka (-4), and Dustin Johnson (-4) all make par at 8. Koepka and DJ are even on the day so far, but remember, DJ TRIPLED the first hole.

3:12: Tiger has a bad lie in the rough at 9, but no matter. He makes good contact and reaches the green. He has about 30 feet left for birdie.

3:10: Lovemark makes another birdie at the par-5 3rd to move to -10 and increase his lead to three shots.

3:07: Tiger tries to bomb his drive at 9 over a large tree to get past the dogleg. He gets it over the tree but comes one yard short of the fairway.

3:03: Tiger misses his birdie chance at the 8th. He remains at -1.

3:00: On the 18th hole today, Jordan Spieth… well, just watch it for yourself:


2:57: From the middle of the fairway at 8, Tiger hits a nice iron onto that just stays on the green hole-high. Can he make it two birdies in a row?

2:54: Take a look at Tiger’s birdie at 7:


2:51: Tiger hits driver at 8 and immediately twirls his club and reaches down to pick up his tee. It’s a nice one in the fairway

2:48: Tiger has less than 7 feet left for birdie… and he makes it! Woods drops his first birdie of the day at 7 to move into red numbers at -1, one shot above the cutline.

2:43: With three straight birdies, Jamie Lovemark has moved into sole possession of the lead at -9. He is two shots clear of the rest of the field.

2:41: Tiger hits a gorgeous approach at the long par-7th. He really needs a birdie here, not just to build momentum but to stay off the cutline.

2:39: DJ (-4) and JT (-3) make birdies at 6, but Koepka can’t convert his own. He remains at -4.

2:37: DJ throwing darts at 5 and 6:


2:34: Tiger is safely in the fairway with his tee shot at 7.

2:33: Meanwhile on the tee, DJ nearly aces the 6th for a second-straight. He has a tap-in left for par.

2:32: Leishman needs a break, but he doesn’t get it at 6. His short par putt does a 360 around the cup and stays out. Bogey. He falls to +3.

2:30: Once again, Tiger’s birdie putt just misses at 6. He really needs to get some momentum going soon. He remains at even par.

2:28: Koepka makes bogey at 5 after his approach spun off the green. He falls to -4.

2:24: With a birdie at 17, Jamie Lovemark has grabbed a share of the lead with Sean O’Hair at -7.

2:23: Woods hits a so-so tee shot at 6. He’s safely on the green but will have another long one for birdie.

2:21: Next up for Tiger’s group is the long, downhill par-3 6th hole. It’s playing 224 yards today.

2:19: Ouch… Tiger’s birdie putt looked great all the way but lipped out. He settles for another par, his fifth in a row.

2:17: Tiger actually has over 13 feet for birdie at 5, but it’s just a little right-to-left.

2:12: Tiger hits the best one out of his group at 5, sticking it to within 10 feet. That will be his second-best look at birdie today.

2:11: Fleetwood’s approach at 5 hits the front of the green but fails to stay up. Leishman plays it safe into the back of the green.

2:08: Koepka birdies 4 to move back to -5. He’s now just two shots off the lead.

2:05: Tiger smashes his driver down the fairway at 5. He’s looked good off the tee so far today.

2:03: Here’s a look at DJ’s birdie at the 3rd:


2:01: From 43 feet, Tiger nearly drains his putt for birdie. It finishes just a few inches from the hole, and he taps in for par.

1:57: Justin Thomas matches DJ’s birdie at 3 to move to -3, but Koepka has to settle for par.

1:55: Tiger has a good lie in the rough at 4. He swipes an iron an reaches the green safely. He’ll have a long one for birdie.

1:51: Dustin Johnson taps in for birdie at the par-5 3rd to get back one of the three shots he lost on the 1st.

1:49: Tiger hits a nice wood off the 4th tee down the left side of the fairway but it gets a bad kick and finishes a yard into the rough.

1:47: Tiger can’t convert his 5-footer for birdie at the par-5 3rd. He’ll walk away with a three-putt and a par. Still at even.

1:45: Fleetwood and Leishman two-putt for par at 3.

1:43: Tiger puts a big swing on his putt and has to direct it well right of the hole, but somehow he gets it within a few feet. He’ll have a short one for birdie.

1:42: Woods officially has 99 feet for his eagle at 3.

1:40: Fleetwood chips from in front of the green at 3 and comes up way short. Disappointing result for Tommy. Leishman’s bunker shot ends up some 40-50 feet away.

1:36: Koepka makes bogey at 2 after hitting into a bunker at the par-3. He drops back to -4. DJ and Thomas make their pars.

1:35: Tiger smacks a wood and just sneaks onto the front of the green at 3. He’ll have a look at eagle, albeit from over 80 feet.

1:34: Leishman hits driver off the deck with his second and finishes in a greenside bunker.

1:32: With the green finally clear, Fleetwood hits first and nearly hits the green at the par 5.

1:30: Tiger’s group is stuck in the 3rd fairway waiting for the green to clear.

1:28: ICYMI, Phil Mickelson fired a 68 earlier to get within one of the lead…


1:24: Dustin Johnson began the day at -4, but he’s a long way from there now. DJ TRIPLED the 1st hole to fall all the way to -1. He had a triple bogey on Thursday, too. Koepka birdies 1 to gain four shots on DJ and move to -5.

1:22: Tiger pulls driver at 3, worrying all the fans rooting for him. But he smashes it perfectly down the middle of the fairway. Nice one there.

1:20: Sean O’Hair currently holds the lead alone at -7.

1:16: Tiger has almost 30 feet for birdie at 2… he hits a good one but it doesn’t have enough pace. Another par for Woods.

1:11: Woods hits a good one at 2, finishing on the green about 20 feet from the cup.

1:10: The 2nd hole at Ridgewood is a short par-3, playing 190 yards during the second round.

1:06: Tiger nearly holes his long birdie putt at 1, but it comes up just short. Easy par to start the day for Woods.

1:02: Tiger hacks out of the rough and reaches the green. He’s fortunate to have a birdie putt considering the lie he had for his second.

12:59: Woods chooses to hit a wood to open his round. He steps off due to a distraction in the crowd, then swings away and misses the fairway. Playing partner Marc Leishman goes wide right into rough. Tommy Fleetwood hits it safely into the fairway.

12:55 p.m.: Tiger Woods is on the tee for the second round at the Northern Trust.