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 in Akron, Ohio, for a 4-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain.
It helped that Furyk opened with a 63 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.
He was at 11-under 129, two shots clear of Cabrera-Bello, who had a 65.
For Woods, a seven-time winner at Firestone, the momentum was negative.
He threw away three shots on the back nine Thursday, the last on a three-putt on the 18th hole for a 70. He started his second round by driving into a bunker and making a bogey on the 10th hole, and it never got much better. For the second straight day, he had to lay up with his third shot on the par-5 16th. And the low point came on the seventh hole, when he stuffed his tee shot inside 5 feet and three-putted for bogey.
"I hit it good, made nothing," Woods said.
He said he finally figured out something was wrong with his putting stroke on his 17th hole, and it had to do with the path of the club.
"I'm sure it helped on that little 1 1/2-footer on the last hole," he said.
Woods had a 72 and was at 2-over 142, leaving him 13 shots behind on the course where he never finished worse than fifth the first 11 times he played. It was his highest 36-hole score to par since his 3-over 145 start at the Masters.
3M Championship: Sixty-five-year-old Gil Morgan shot his age for a share of the first-round lead in the Champions Tour event in Blaine, Minn. Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate and Peter Senior also shot 7-under 65 at the TPC Twin Cities.
On an ideal sunny day with a slight breeze, Morgan had seven birdies in his bogey-free round. He won the last of his 25 Champions Tour titles in 2007 at Pebble Beach.
Reno-Tahoe Open: Alexandre Rocha had seven birdies and an eagle to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open. He had 24 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. J.J. Henry and John Mallinger were tied for second at 22.