AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods has gone quiet since that opening spurt of consecutive birdies but no one is making much of a move on the seven-time World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational champ as the back nine beckons.
Woods reeled off six straight pars after those opening birdies but ended a bogey-free stretch at 37 holes when he couldn't save par after finding the fairway bunker at No. 9. Woods, who turned in 34, is 15 under and seven strokes ahead of Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley and Chris Wood.
Dufner has played 10 holes while Bradley and Wood turned in 34 like their playing partner, Woods.
Dufner has had the most adventurous round so far Saturday -- opening with four straight birdies on putts of 3, 8, 15 and 8 feet. The momentum was halted when he missed the green at the par-3 fifth and three-putted from 14 feet for a double but Dufner got a stroke back with a 13-footer for birdie at No. 6 and turned in 32.
Phil Mickelson, who won The Open Championship in his last start, continues to improve with each round. He shot 72 in the first round, 71 in the second and is 3 under through 16 holes on Saturday, which has put him at even for the week.
Rory McIlroy is looking at his first sub-par round of the week, as well. He's 3 under for the day through 15 holes and 2 under for the tournament.