An ill Tiger Woods made his first eagle in 16 months on his way to a two-under par 70 in Friday’s rain-hit second round of the Hero World Challenge. The former world number one, playing his first tournament since August’s PGA Championship, closed with a double bogey after a two-hour rain delay to remain last in the 18-man event on three-over 147 after 36 holes. “It really didn’t feel that much different than it did yesterday,” Woods said, alluding to his opening 77. “I hit maybe two fewer worse shots. I hit it solid. Today I hit it close and made my putts.” After fighting a morning fever and coughs during his round, Woods showed flashes of the form that brought him 14 major titles, four shy of the record set by Jack Nicklaus. “I wasn’t feeling my best,” Woods said. “I just had to stay hydrated and try to keep things down.” Woods, ranked 24th, produced his first eagle since the second round of last year’s WGC event at Firestone by sinking a six-foot putt at the par-5 13th hole. At 14, he dropped the ball four feet from the cup and made the putt, then added a four-foot birdie putt at 16 and parred 17 before heavy rain struck Isleworth, a delay that would prevent the round from ending before darkness. When play resumed, Woods put his approach at 18 over the green, then botched a chip by leaving the ball only on the edge of the green. He pitched it to 10 feet but missed his bogey putt. The good news is I understand the process. I have made changes before. It takes time Tiger Woods on his swing changes “It’s not very good,” Woods said of his short game. “It’s going to take more time to develop. It’s a different motion, a different pattern.” Woods said the swing changes he has undertaken with new consultant Chris Como have had an impact on his chipping as he looks to past styles to revamp his swing and win a major title for the first time since the 2008 US Open. “The good news is I understand the process. I have made changes before. It takes time,” Woods said. “I don’t foresee it being a two-year process like I did back [in the 1990s]. I feel like I’ve got the speed. I’m starting to generate power and get the ball out there.” US Ryder Cupper Patrick Reed shot a 63 playing alongside Woods in round one, wearing a red shirt as Woods does on Sundays in his first event pairing with his boyhood idol. “He seemed fine,” Reed said. “He didn’t like the score but he hit some good shots out there. He knew what he was doing.” Jordan Spieth was at five-under par for the second round on the 18th green when it became too dark for him to finish, leaving him atop the leaderboard at 11-under overall, two strokes in front of clubhouse leader Henrik Stenson of Sweden.