Tiger Takes the Lead After Record Setting Second Round
July 03, 2009
BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods kept on a record-setting pace Friday at Congressional Country Club, where his second-round of 66 put him one shot ahead of Rodney Pampling at the $6 million AT&T National.
After rounds of 64-66, Woods' 130 total is the lowest 36-hole score in any tournament ever played at Congressional.
Woods said there is still room for improvement.
"Even the tournaments where I've gone pretty low, there's always that one day where you didn't really feel as good as the others," he said. "But sometimes those days you actually may score lower. It's weird how that I hit the ball a little scratchy at times, but I putted better."
First-round leader Anthony Kim bogeyed the last hole after hitting his drive under some trees and wound up with a 70 that dropped him into third place, two shots behind Woods at 8-under 132.
In his final tournament for the British Open, Woods is hunting for his 68th PGA Tour victory and has held the 36-hole lead 37 times, winning 31 of them.
Pampling and Kim are the closest challengers to Woods, but Jim Furyk (67), Bryce Molder (70), and D.A. Points (70) are will within four shots of Woods.
U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover moved into contention with a 4-under 66 and climbed into a tie for eighth at 5-under 135.
Pampling, a two-time PGA Tour winner, said he has been able to take advantage of Congressional's smooth greens.
"Once you get a line on your putt, they were pretty much guaranteed going in as long as you hit it there," he said. "I just didn't do anything wrong and kept myself out of trouble and made some good putts."