Tiger Woods used an eagle on No. 15 to tie for the lead midway through the Wyndham Championships, sitting 11-under and knotted with PGA rookie Tom Hoge at the top of the leader board.
It’s the first time in more than two years that Woods has led a tournament. The last time was at the WGC-Bridgestone in 2013, also his last victory.
He was shaky on the front nine, at even par through seven holes with a pair of bogeys, but then birdied 8, 12, and 13 before an eagle on No. 15 to go 4-under on the back nine and finish with a 65 to sit at 11-under.
He’s tied there with rookie Tom Hoge, a graduate of Texas Christian University, who followed up his opening-round 62 with a 67 on Friday. Hoge has been playing well of late, finishing fifth at the RBC Canadian Open a month ago.
Almost as miraculous as Woods’ first two rounds have been those of one of two men tied for third – 51-year-old Davis Love III. Love has made just five of 16 cuts this year, and hasn’t won a PGA tournament since 2008. Love was at even par through 10 holes, then put in three straight birdies to go 4-under on the back nine.
He’s tied at 10-under with Chad Campbell, followed by four more, including Brandt Snedeker who leaped from 103rd to 5th thanks to a 61, the lowest score of the tournament to date. Snedeker had five birdies on the front nine and five more on the back for the white-hot run.