After his opening 68 on Thursday, Tiger Woods was looking forward to his early starting time on Friday at the Quicken Loans National championship.
“Hopefully go out there and post a low one,” he said, knowing he would have fresh greens waiting for him.
That’s precisely what he did.
For the second straight day, Woods found his elusive magic and by day’s end, shot a five-under par 66 that got him to eight-under par and firmly in the hunt going into the weekend. He had six birdies and just one bogey, that coming at the par five 14th.
He started on the back nine and it didn’t look like he was going to shoot a low number. He turned in one-under par on the user-friendly Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. But he got it going with an approach shot that landed within three feet at the first hole, his 10th of the day. He added three more at the fourth, fifth and eighth holes.
Woods will go into the weekend three shots behind leader Ryo Ishikawa. He shot 68 and is in at 11-under par, a shot in front of Rickie Fowler, whose 65 put him at 10-under with Kevin Chappell.
David Lingmerth, winner at the Memorial, was alone at nine-under.
Woods is not alone at eight-under, there are a total of nine players who are three back, including Jimmy Walker, who shot the day’s low round, an eight-under par 63.