Woods maintains Valspar challenge

10 March 2018 03:08:40 EST

Tiger Woods admits he has a chance to end his PGA Tour drought this weekend after finishing the second round of the Valspar Championship two shots off the lead.

The 14-time major champion is playing in just his fifth event since his latest round of back surgery and continues to has make steady improvements as he seeks to rediscover his best form.

The American's showing over the first two rounds of the Valspar is by far his best since his comeback, building on his strong start in Florida with a three-under 68 on Friday.

The 42-year-old mixed four birdies with a bogey to leave himself in a tie for second on four-under, two shots off leader Corey Conners.

Woods is 12/1 to win his first title since 2013 at the Valspar and admits he feels like he can maintain his challenge over the course of the weekend.

"I'm getting a feel for it, finding the rhythm of rounds and not having a problem posting scores," said Woods.

"I've got a chance going into the weekend.

"I keep getting a little bit better here and there, making these subtle tweaks. I needed a little bit more tournament time in and I've done that."

Woods is joined in a share of second by England's Paul Casey and Americans Brandt Snedeker, Kelly Kraft and Ryan Palmer, all of who are chasing Canada's Conners as he seeks his maiden PGA Tour victory.

Three shots back from the leader is Justin Rose after he carded a blemish-free 68 and the Englishman is 1000/1 to win the Valspar.

One man who won't be chasing Conners this weekend is Rory McIlroy after his difficult start to 2019 continued, the world No.12 missing the cut by two shots after finishing round two five-over.

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