It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say this, but Tiger Woods is leading a PGA tournament heading into the weekend. After shooting a second-round 65 on Friday, Woods is tied with Tom Hoge for the lead at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., just one week after missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
Tiger had a rocky start to the day, bogeying the first hole and finishing the front 9 at 1-under par. The second half of his day was much better; after getting birdies back-to-back at 12 and 13, he shot an eagle on 15 and ultimately finished the second half of the course with a 4-under 31, giving him a total of a 5-under 65 for the round. His 2-round total stands at 11-under.
Despite shooting an impressive 65 Friday, Woods called the performance a “grind” and said he hung in there and that he “ended up OK” at the end of the day. A victory in the tournament will guarantee Woods a spot in the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs, but he’s not worrying about that at this point, saying he’s just taking it “one day at a time. I want to win this tournament. I came here to win it.”
Tiger enters the weekend looking for his 80th career PGA Tour victory — and his first since August 2013 — while Hoge is playing in just his 27th tournament on the Tour. There are several players within two strokes of Woods and Hoge on the leaderboard, including 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III, at 10-under par, and Brandt Snedeker, who won this event in 2007, at 9-under. One thing is certain: all eyes will be on Woods throughout the weekend.