Woods in contention at Quicken Loans
GAINESVILLE, Va. — Tiger Woods showed a rare flash of anger on a mostly stress-free day when his second shot on the eighth hole failed to clear a massive fairway bunker. The best he could do was to squeeze it onto the front of the green.
The mistake on the par-5 hole set up the signature moment of a 5-under 66 on Friday in the Quicken Loans National that put Woods in contention for his first victory in nearly two years.
Woods sank the 36-foot birdie putt, which broke hard to the right and trickled over a crest and into the hole. He celebrated with a vintage fist pump and smile.
"If I keep hitting good putts, eventually they're going to go in," Woods said. "I made my share on my back nine and especially that bomb on eight. That was a bit lucky, but I'll take it."
Woods was tied for fifth, three shots behind Ryo Ishikawa, who was even par for the day before he birdied the last three holes at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Ishikawa had a 68 to reach 11 under, one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler, who also birdied the last three for a 65, and Kevin Chappell, who shot 68.
Woods' 66 was his best score in relation to par this year and only his seventh round in the 60s. In eight previous starts this year, he missed three cuts and withdrew once. His best finish is a tie for 17th at the Masters.
"I know what I'm doing out there. It's just a matter of time before things start to click in," Woods said. "People want the immediate fix, the one tip that's going to work for the rest of their life. It doesn't work that way."
Woods started on the back nine and made three pars before a shockingly bad tee shot on the par-5 14th. He slammed his driver to the turf as the ball traveled only 161 yards and failed to reach the fairway. That led to his only bogey of the day.
"That kind of got me kick-started a little bit. Got me a little fired up," Woods said.
On the next hole, he twirled his driver in satisfaction as the ball sailed down the middle of the fairway. He hit his approach to 3 feet for his first birdie of the day. From then on, he put on a flawless display of ball-striking.
WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN: At Turnberry, Scotland, Norway's Suzann Pettersen shot a 3-under 69 in windy morning conditions to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Women's British Open.
Pettersen had a 7-under 137 at Turnberry's Alisa Course.
New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Taiwan's Teresa Lu and South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Jin-Young Ko were tied for second. The 18-year-old Lydia Ko shot a 73 in some of the worst conditions in the rainy afternoon, when the wind swirled and gusted up to 25 mph. Lu and Jin-Young Ko shot 71, and Ryu had a 72.
Inbee Park, trying to complete a career sweep of the majors, was five strokes back after a 73. Michelle Wie withdrew after aggravating a left ankle injury when she slipped to the ground as she walked off the 13th tee.
3M CHAMPIONSHIP: At Blaine, Minn., local favorite Tom Lehman shot an 8-under 64 to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's windy 3M Championship.
Lehman had two birdies and an eagle in an early three-hole stretch, added a birdie on the par-4 ninth and closed with three more birdies at TPC Twin Cities, the course he helped Arnold Palmer design.
The 56-year-old Lehman is from Alexandria and played at the University of Minnesota.
Scott Dunlap had seven straight birdies in his 67. Grant Waite and P.H. Horgan III also shot 67.
UTAH CHAMPIONSHIP: At Lehi, Utah, Jason Allred vaulted up the leaderboard in the second round by firing a 5-under-par 67 to put him in a tie for 30th place at the Web.com event at the Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point.
Allred managed eight birdies — six on the back nine holes — and had three bogeys in his round to put him at 4 under for the tournament.
Patton Kizzire posted a remarkable second round to propel him into first place, posting 12 birdies and one double bogey for a 10-under 67 on Friday. Kizzire leads at 15 under par overall.