Leishman, Woods in contention at Quicken Loans National

Tiger Woods labours to an even-par 70 at the Quicken Loans National despite debuting new putter

Tiger Woods plays from a bunker on the ninth hole during the second round of The National golf tournament at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

The American, who carded a 70 in his opening round, is using a new putter at the tournament and hit seven birdies and two bogeys to go to five under.

Andrew Landry set the pace on a hard, but rain-softened course with a 7-under 63. In 2017, Kyle Stanley climbed the leaderboard to get into a playoff with Charles Howell III and emerged the victor on the first extra hole to earn his second career PGA TOUR win.

All the attention was on Woods, who had hoped a mallet-style putter might help him shake out of a putting slump.

"As I said, I wasn't disappointed with the way I putted yesterday and this was just a continuation of it", Woods told reporters. "When I did, I made a couple of birdies, which is nice, but have to do a better job to give myself some more chances".

Woods' round started somewhat ominously when he knocked his second shot to the par-5 10th hole in front of the green, 100 feet from the pin.

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"I hit good putts, started the ball on line and with the right speed, and they just didn't go in, " Woods said of his first round.

It was plenty tough for him in his first competition on the TPC Potomac, and his first time playing the tournament since 2015. He's also proved one of the most consistent players on Tour this year.

Playing in the group immediately ahead of Woods and company was world No. 8 Rickie Fowler, the highest-ranked player in the field this week. Then he arrived at the 4th hole. He had to drop it in more rough, came up just short of the green and wound up making a 4-foot putt to escape with double bogey.

He almost holed a 23-yard chip at No. 2, a 619-yard par 5, after hitting into the primary rough in back of the green, leaving himself a one-footer for the save. He said the 6-foot par putt gave him momentum, and he was never under much stress the rest of the day.

He just didn't make anything.

Woods missed from 10 feet and six feet on his next two holes. He also banged in two more birdies from almost 20 feet before suffering a hiccup at the 17th, where he three-putted.

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"It was a bonus‚" Woods said. "In hindsight, no, I should have hit my 56". "I was making a lot of good putts from midrange I normally haven't been making".

He had no beef with the putter, saying he rolled it well and hit plenty of good putts that didn't fall.

'Most of the good scores were shot in the morning, ' Woods said. 'Hopefully, I can go out there and do it myself'. Spaun, both of whom posted 7-under-par 63s, the lowest score in the history of the Quicken Loans National.

But while the putting issues that have plagued him of late continue to be a work in progress, Woods was at least pleased with some improvement after employing a different putter for the first time in almost three years.

He added: "I tried to clean up my ball-striking a little bit and continue doing what I was doing on the greens in the first round".

'So you're going to have to go out with the mindset that it's a little bit different course, you can't be as conservative, you've got to still try and make birdies'.

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He was four shots behind Beau Hossler midway through the second round.

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