Woods, who won the Masters Tournament in April, shot 1-over-72 in California on Friday. He's back to even par for the tournament and was seven shots behind leader Justin Rose -- and tied for 36th on the leaderboard -- when Woods finished play.
"Right now, I'm still in the ball game," Woods said. "There's so many guys with a chance to win. We've got a long way to go and, you know, we'll see how it shapes up for tomorrow."
Woods played 29 straight bogey-free holes before finishing Friday with consecutive bogeys. His lone birdie came off a 10-footer at the 11th hole.
"It's so important to be below the hole, because above the hole, they're a little tough to make," Woods said.
Woods last won the U.S. Open in 2008. He also won the tournament in 2000 and 2002.