Furyk still in front at Bridgestone
Akron, OH (Sports Network) - Jim Furyk followed his 63 on Thursday with a 4- under 66 on Friday and is still atop the leaderboard after the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
He finished at 11-under 129 and is two strokes clear at the South Course at Firestone Country Club.
Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello shot a 5-under 65 on Friday and is alone in second at 9-under 131.
Former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, who lost a playoff at the Masters, also had a 65 in round two and is alone in third at minus-8. Jason Dufner managed a 4-under 66 on Friday, which is good for fourth at 7-under par.
It was a very tough day at the office for the 7-time winner, Tiger Woods.
He posted a bogey at his first hole on Friday, the 10th, then tallied three bogeys and two birdies on his second nine. Add it up, and Woods shot a 2-over 72 to finish two rounds at plus-2.
Woods, who is tied for 44th, was asked to summarize his first two days.
"Okay, sweet. I hit it good, made nothing, and we can all go eat now," he replied.
After Woods finished lunch, and even dinner, he will be 13 shots behind Furyk, who he beat in a playoff for this title 11 years ago.
"I didn't think it was that great," Furyk joked when asked about the 2001 event.
On Friday, Furyk broke into red figures at the par-5 second. He knocked a 3- wood second shot over the green, but chipped to six feet and poured in the birdie putt.
He hit a 9-iron 10 feet left of the hole at the sixth and converted for the birdie. Furyk hit a tree with his drive at the par-4 eighth and needed a 3- wood just to get near the green. He failed to save par, but atoned for the error with a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 9.
"Making birdie at 9 was like stealing one," admitted Furyk.
He parred the 11th, then hit a 7-iron to 12 feet to set up birdie at the 12th. Furyk made it two birdies in a row, and two birdies in a row with a 7-iron. At 13, he hit that club to 15 feet and holed his putt.
Furyk parred his last five holes to secure the second-round lead.
"Good round, and it'll be nice to relax a little bit this afternoon and maybe check out the weather forecast later on and kind of check out the weekend," said Furyk. "I think the wind is supposed to pick up a little bit. If it gets breezy, the wind picks up, and the greens get faster, this place will show a little bit more teeth than we've seen so far."
Furyk hasn't won since his epic 2010 Tour Championship victory. That title gave him the FedExCup Championship as well, but 2011 was a rough season. He had only four top 10s and knew exactly what the problem was.
"I putted horrible last year. I'll be the first one to admit it," said Furyk, who has four top 10s already this year, including a share of fourth at the U.S. Open when he was in the final pairing on Sunday.
K.T. Kim carded his second consecutive 3-under 67 and is fifth at 6-under par.
World No. 1 Luke Donald (69) and 2001 PGA Champion David Toms (67) share sixth at minus-5.
PGA Champion Keegan Bradley (69), Lee Slattery (71), John Senden (70) and Steve Stricker (68) are knotted in eighth place at 4-under 136.
NOTES: The next two weeks are big for Furyk, who sits 15th on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list and the top eight automatically qualify after the PGA Championship next week...Furyk owns 16 PGA Tour titles...This is the 20th time Furyk has owned at least a share of the 36-hole lead on tour and he's only went on to victory four times...His last second-round lead was at this year's U.S. Open...Rory McIlroy had a good day on Friday with a 3-under 67, which moved him into a tie 12th at minus-3...Phil Mickelson's 1-under 69 jumped him into 28th at even par...Defending champion Adam Scott, who is playing for the first time since he squandered the Open Championship, managed an even-par 70 and is 1-over for the tournament...Ernie Els, who won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, shot another 3-over 73 and is plus-6.