GREENSBORO, N.C. (CBSNewYork) — This is getting real.
Thought to be the longest of long shots to get into the FedExCup Playoffs, Tiger Woods is now in position to shock the PGA Tour and perhaps salvage what has been a disastrous season.
Despite having never played a competitive round at Sedgefield Country Club before, Woods followed up Thursday’s impressive first round with a 5-under 65 on Friday and is tied for the lead at the Wyndham Championship with Tom Hoge at 11-under heading into the weekend.
“I’m only at the halfway point,” Woods said. “Only 36 holes. We’ve still got a long way to go.”
Davis Love III and Chad Campbell sit one stroke back.
Woods, a 14-time major winner and former world No. 1, entered this tournament ranked 286th and in 187th place in the FedExCup rankings. The playoffs begin next week at The Barclays in Edison, New Jersey.
Likely needing to win this week to qualify for the playoffs, Woods took advantage of the favorable conditions on Thursday with a 6-under 64, his lowest round since shooting a 61 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013 — the last tournament he won.
On Friday, Woods was one 1-under for his round through 11 holes before birdying the par-3 12th and par-4 13th. He then electrified the galleries by rolling in a 15-foot eagle putt on 15 to give him a share of the lead.
“I just couldn’t get anything out of my rounds (before this tournament) and a couple lucky bounces here, take advantage of those opportunities — it’s just the flow,” Woods said.
Not bad for someone who had missed the cut in seven of the previous 17 tournaments, including last week’s PGA Championship.