Jim Furyk fired a four-under 66 to maintain his two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Friday, while Tiger Woods is off to his worst start in four months.
Furyk reached 11-under 129 and has a two-shot lead over Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who shot a five-under 65 on Friday at the Firestone Country Club course.
“I thought it was key to get off to a nice start and see some putts go in,” Furyk said. “I made a good birdie putt at two, and saw some birdies go in on the front nine, good putt at nine, and off to the races.”
Cabrera-Bello is alone at nine-under 131. Former British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen also had a 65 in round two and is alone in third at eight under.
Jason Dufner shot a four-under 66, good for fourth at seven under par.
Seven-time winner Woods had a difficult day. He shot a two-over 72 and is tied for 44th, 13 shots back of Furyk.
Woods has had good success at this event for most of his career, but has stumbled on this course the last two times he played here and needs to get his putting turned around to avoid another dismal score at Firestone.
His two-over 142 is his highest 36-hole score since his three-over 145 start at the Masters.
“I was a decent putter over the years, but lately it’s been very streaky. I’m making everything or I make nothing.”
Brazilian Alexandre Rocha moved into a two-point lead at the Reno-Tahoe Open in Nevada after Friday’s second round of the USPGA Tour’s only event played under the Modified Stableford scoring system.
The 34-year-old Rocha, searching for his maiden USPGA Tour win, produced seven birdies and an eagle, the latter worth five points, while making three bogeys to sit on 24 at the halfway stage.
Americans J.J Henry and John Mallinger were tied in second place on 22 points — the former boosted by an eagle on the par-five eighth.
That hole proved to be a turning point for the Fort Worth-based Henry, who had opened his round with back-to-back bogeys.
Mallinger said he believed the scoring system was assisting his game.
“This is a new format for me, I’ve never played it before and I’m just trying to get used to getting the score out of my mind and just playing golf. I think it’s actually helped me,” he said.