Even more familiar than a sharp short game was his name atop the leaderboard at the Masters.
He has some catching up to do. The last one was from tap-in range after another superb pitch, from the left gallery to escape with bogey for a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar and Tony Finau.
On the same hole that fellow Longhorn Doug Ghim eagled with his approach shot from 185 feet on Thursday, Jhonattan Vegas chipped in for a birdie on the 18th hole to finish with a 3-under 69 for his first round in the 60s in his Masters career.
"The amount of training I've done and the amount of work we've done in the gym, it has paid off", Woods said. "It's about riding momentum from last week and this round".
Tiger Woods made the cut at his first Masters in three years. For once, playing a Saturday at the Masters felt to Woods like a gift, not a right.
He also failed for the fifth time in as many tries in two days to make a birdie at a par 5. Ghim was at 4-over 148 after two rounds.
The pre-tournament attention on Garcia's defense and Woods' potential charge toward a 15th major now turns to whether Reed can hold off the likes of Spieth and McIlroy, among others, on arguably golf's biggest stage. They have it right where they want it.
The 42-year-old's ninth successive over-par round in a major left him four over after 36 holes and well adrift of leader Patrick Reed.
Four-time victor Woods is 13 shots off the lead at the halfway stage while Mickelson, a three-time champion here, is a shot further back after scraping into the final two rounds.
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The difference between Spieth now and the player who won here when he led wire-to-wire in 2015 is that he is a little less sure with his putter. He proceeded to play the next 15 holes in 8 over par.
"I'm always pretty relaxed I think", he added. After opening with a 73 - and boldly proclaiming that he was right in the mix of things - he struggled to a 3-over 75 Friday. Even as well as Spieth looked, it might be hard for anyone to pull away. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are 4 under - McIlroy being Reed's emotional opponent at Hazeltine, and Spieth being his most frequent partner.
It was just tough to score, with the greens slick and firm and several tough pin positions, mainly toward the front of the greens.
"It was a rough day", said Mickelson.
There will be a new champion this year after the 2017 victor played out the string Friday with a 78 after shooting a nine-over 81 in Thursday's first round that was highlighted by the 13 he took on the 15th hole when he shot five balls into the water. "In those poor rounds I've hit shots where I had to play defensively, and that's been a huge change this week".
Justin Rose, last year's runner-up, is on two-under, as is two-time victor Bubba Watson, but Woods has a mountain to climb in his bid to claim a fifth Green Jacket.
Patrick Reed reproduced his Ryder Cup form in stunning fashion to claim the halfway lead as the eagerly anticipated 82nd Masters more than lived up to the hype.
Even some past champions were humbled, three-time Masters victor Phil Mickelson triple-bogeying the ninth to stand 1-over at the turn and past champ Fred Couples making triple bogey at 11 and on 1-over after 14.
This is Reed's first outright lead after any round in all the major championships he's played in, and he is one of five players inside the top 10 looking for their maiden major victory this week (Leishman, Finau, Fowler and Hoffman). He birdied the par-4 third hole and was on his way. He took advantage of his length and made birdie at 13 and then rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt at 14.