Tiger Woods 'fans' gave Rory McIlroy a headache

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Rory McIlroy has rounded on the raucous golf fans and claimed Tiger Woods is operating at a "two-shot disadvantage" to the rest of the field because of the "circus" which surrounds his competitive appearances.

"I'm starting to come back, and it's going to take a little time", Woods said after bowing out of his second PGA Tour event since April, when he had his latest surgery.

"It's cost me a lot of shots over the year", he confirmed.

"For her only child to go through the struggles was a little rough on her", Woods said, "so she's very proud of me getting back out there".

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Long before he reached the 18th green and an ovation from the 40,000-strong crowd that gave you goosebumps, there was no chance of him making the halfway cut, let alone challenging Graeme McDowell at the top of the leaderboard. On Friday he committed to next week's Honda Classic in Florida, his decision to play back-to-back weeks a testament to his faith in his hard won fitness.

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He posted a 10-under 203 total, one shot ahead of fellow American Patrick Cantlay (69), who curled a 55-foot birdie putt into the middle of the hole at the par-four 18th. If he tees it up on Thursday, it will mark the first time that Woods has played in back-to-back tournaments since the 2015 PGA Championship and Wyndham Championship. It remains the oldest 72-hole scoring record among all PGA Tour events.

After tinkering with his driver over the three weeks since he rejoined the tour, Woods was especially errant off the tee. "That was frustrating, because I knew where to hit it and I wasn't able to hit it there".

Tiger had a tough day off the tee and on the greens hitting just four of 14 fairways and needing 32 putts.

"I think it would be a great sign if I do play (back to back)", Woods said Tuesday, according to ESPN's Bob Harig.

"The wheels were coming off, I got in the bunker and looked at (my caddie) and said 'I'm going to make this, '" Na said. "I am progressing. I'm starting to get a feel for tournament golf again". Without a victory since 215, he has plummeted to 219th in the world rankings and arrived at Riviera off three straight missed cuts to start the season. He withdrew after 13 holes of the final round with back spasms.

Suddenly in the mix was defending champion Dustin Johnson, who was going nowhere until he made the turn and had a quick chat with Austin, his brother and caddie. The No. 1 player in the world moved up 45 spots in the third round and has rebounded from an opening-round 74 to go 9-under over the past two days.

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