Furyk shoots 66, maintains his lead
AKRON, Ohio — Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods each carried momentum into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational. That meant the best 36-hole score for Furyk in his PGA Tour career, and the worst start for Woods in nearly fourth months.
Furyk had another good day with the putter, making a few birdies early and saving par from the bunker four times on the back nine at Firestone for a 4-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain.
It helped that Furyk opened with a 63 on Thursday afternoon, allowing him to turn around Friday morning and try to resume his good play. That's what he did, starting with a tricky birdie putt on the second hole and following his lone bogey with a 20-foot birdie on the ninth.
"Just probably a little easier to keep the momentum going that way than having an early time on Thursday, having a good round and having to sit on it until Friday afternoon," he said. "I thought it was key to get off to a nice start and see some putts go in. Made a good birdie putt at 2, and saw some birdies go in on the front nine, good putt at 9, and off to the races."
He was at 11-under 129, two shots clear of Cabrera-Bello, who had a 65. Louis Oosthuizen used his putter from just off the ninth green to finish with a birdie and a 65, leaving him three shots behind going into the weekend of this World Golf Championship. Jason Dufner had a 66 in the afternoon and was four shots behind.
Woods, a seven-time winner at Firestone, can't seem to get anything going.
"I hit it good, made nothing," Woods said.
Woods had a 72 and was at 2-over 142, leaving him 13 shots behind on the course where he hadn't finished worse than fifth the first 11 times he played.
At Reno, Nev., Alexandre Rocha had seven birdies and an eagle to take the second-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open.
The 34-year-old Brazilian had 24 points in the modified Stableford scoring system that gives players eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
At Blaine, Minn., 65-year-old Gil Morgan shot his age for a share of the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.
Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate and Peter Senior also shot 7-under 65 at the TPC Twin Cities.
At Omaha, Neb., Ashland's Jason Allred shot a 5-under 66 but still was four strokes off the cut line after an opening 74 in the Cox Classic.
He had an eagle and five birdies on his round.
Luke Guthrie, in only his second start on the tour, has chalked up a whopping 22 birdies in his first 36 holes to grab a three-stroke lead at the halfway point.
Guthrie birdied his final four holes and matched the tournament record with a 7-under 29 on the back nine to close out an 8-under 63. His 17-under score of 125 broke the tourney record of 16 under set by Ryan Hietala in 2008.