Woods started the second round five shots off the lead but moved up a frightened leaderboard with birds on 12, 13 and 16, having started from 10 Tee.
However, number one in the former world then threw two balls into the water on thirteen par-three on his way to seven bogey seven flawed.
Woods dipped in water on the 13th and 16th, causing birds in both cases, but his luck set off on 17 when his T-shot landed on the green but just dribbled from the back.
The 43-year-old boy chose to play his next shot from the drop zone, but a hurdle approach took one jump before diving into the water, and after finally finding the green, Woods two biased from 20 meters.
"The second wedge did not really surprise me, it was too flat, the first one I got surprised me," Woods told reporters. I was determined to return everything.
"Apart from 17, I really did not do much wrong, those who make the cut have a chance."
Woods regrouped to play the remaining 10 holes in his second under-value and returned to 71, but on three under par he was six shots behind the surprise club leader Jim Furyk, 48-year-old former Ryder Cup captain and eight-bird impeccable 64-card.
"I had a few good weeks here, almost five years ago, and I've had a few rough weeks, and that's the nature of this golf course," said Furek, who lives near the course.
"It's fun being at home and I have a lot of cheering people. When I started this year I did not even expect to be in the field. I kind of squeaked at the end but I was playing well late so it was nice to have this chance."
Furyk enjoyed a lead one shot at American guy Kevin Kisner and Jason Day of Australia, with Russell Knox of Scotland on six under after what eventually proved disappointing 68.
Knox covered the front nine in 32 and 10 and 16 birds, but three-putted 17 and also bogey the last after a perverted ride.
On the course, Tommy Fleetwood the first bird, held a shot bunker for an eagle on the second and a third bird to switch into two lead shot at 11 under par.
* Full round two track report