Woods on Target after course record 62

BY Fred Norks | US PGA Tour | 2007 Target World Challenge | Round Two | 15 Dec 2007

Tournament host Tiger Woods fired a course record 10 under 62 in the second round of the Target World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club to take a four shot lead over Jim Furyk in to the weekend at 13 under.

Woods, who had not played competitively since the Presidents Cup in late September, was in daunting form as he shot his way to the third lowest round of the 2007 PGA Tour season. The previous low rounds coming from 2007 Rookie of the Year, Brandt Snedeker (61) and Masters champion Zach Johnson (60).

Despite the time of year, which is often referred to as the “silly season”, Woods’ competitive nature never fails to kick in.

“I still expect a lot from myself on each and every shot, expect to go out there and give my best and try and get a W here. And as far as added pressure, it doesn’t change. It feels the same, whether it’s this event or all the way up to a major championship. It’s still the same. I want to get a W; that’s why I enter the tournament.”

Despite slipping from his overnight lead, Furyk was pleased with his bogey-free round of 67 today, which under normal circumstanes, would have looked like a much better score.

“I guess I’m pleased with the round. I shot 5-under par. Tiger played a heck of a round out there at 10-under. I went in there with the lead today and shot a good number, and I’m pretty far back. So my hats off to him. Hell of a host.”

“I felt like actually I played better yesterday to be honest with you. I hit the ball better, I had a lot more confidence in my swing yesterday. But on the back nine today I was really able to basically hit the ball in the hole. I didn’t do that extremely well early on.

“I missed a bunch of birdie putts early the first part of the round, and I made some loose swings for about the last 10 or 12 holes and was able to just kind of plot along and score well and get the ball in the hole, and I’m happy with that this time of the year.”

2007 Masters hero Zach Johnson birdied the final three holes to match Furyk’s 67 and close the day five off the pace. Reigning British Open champion, Padraig Harrington, was another two shots back on 6 under.

Rory Sabbatini had a day he would rather forget. The South African, backed up a first round 69 with a second round of 81 that included three triple bogeys and he would finish the day in outright last place.

 

Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -22 Tiger Woods United States 69 62 67 68 266
2   ↑3 -15 Zach Johnson United States 69 67 69 68 273
3   ↓2 -13 Jim Furyk United States 68 67 69 71 275
4   ↑T7 -11 Lee Westwood England 72 71 68 66 277
T5   ↓4 -9 Henrik Stenson Sweden 69 72 65 73 279
T5 -9 Steve Stricker United States 72 69 68 70 279
7   ↑T9 -8 Mark Calcavecchia United States 71 71 70 68 280
8   ↑12 -7 Colin Montgomerie Scotland 80 67 69 65 281
9   ↓T5 -6 Vijay Singh Fiji 72 68 69 73 282
T10   ↑11 -3 Padraig Harrington Ireland 71 67 75 72 285
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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