At Gainesville, Va., Tiger Woods showed a rare flash of anger on a mostly stress-free day when his second shot on the eighth hole failed to clear a massive fairway bunker. The best he could do was to squeeze it onto the front of the green with his next shot.
The mistake on the par-5 hole set up the signature moment of a 5-under 66 on Friday in the Quicken Loans National that put Woods in contention for his first victory in nearly two years.
Woods sank the 36-foot birdie putt, which broke hard to the right and trickled over a crest and into the hole. He celebrated with a vintage fist pump and smile.
Woods was tied for fifth, three shots behind Ryo Ishikawa, who was even par for the day before he birdied the last three holes at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Ishikawa had a 68 to reach 11 under, one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler, who also birdied the last three for a 65, and Kevin Chappell, who shot 68.
Woods is the host and a two-time winner of the Quicken Loans National, which is being played at RTJ for the first time.
Women's British Open
At Turnberry, Scotland, Norway's Suzann Pettersen shot a 3-under 69 in windy morning conditions to take a two-stroke lead after the tournament's second round.
Pettersen had a 7-under 137 at Turnberry's Alisa Course.
New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Taiwan's Teresa Lu and South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Jin-Young Ko were tied for second. The 18-year-old Lydia Ko shot a 73 in some of the worst conditions in the rainy afternoon, when the wind swirled and gusted up to 25 mph. Lu and Jin-Young Ko shot 71, and Ryu had a 72.
Sweden's Maria McBride was the only player to beat Pettersen's score with a bogey-free 66, but she was still way off the pace after opening with a 79.
Top-ranked Inbee Park, trying to complete a career sweep of the majors, was five strokes back after a 73. Michelle Wie withdrew after aggravating a left ankle injury when she slipped to the ground as she walked off the 13th tee.
At Blaine, Minn., local favorite Tom Lehman shot an 8-under 64 to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's windy event.
Lehman had two birdies and an eagle in an early three-hole stretch, added a birdie on the par-4 ninth and closed with three more birdies at TPC Twin Cities, the course he helped Arnold Palmer design.
The 56-year-old Lehman is from Alexandria and played at the University of Minnesota. He won the last of his eight Champions Tour titles last year in the Encompass Championship.
Scott Dunlap had seven straight birdies in his 67. Grant Waite and P.H. Horgan III also shot 67.
Marco Dawson, the Senior British Open winner last week, was another stroke back at 68 along with Bernhard Langer, Scott Hoch, Kirk Triplett and Jeff Sluman.
Paul Lawrie Match Play
At Aberdeen, Scotland, Paul Lawrie dropped out of his own tournament, falling 1-up to fellow Scot Chris Doak in the second round.
Sweden's Johan Carlsson beat top-seeded James Morrison 2 and 1 at Murcar Links. Carlson will face fellow Swede Robert Karlsson in the round of 16. Karlsson topped Spain's Alejandro Canizares 4 and 3.
Hurley III's Father Found Safe
The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III was found safe in Texas after he went missing for nearly two weeks, police said Friday.
Willard Hurley Jr., 61, was unharmed and told police in Leesburg, Va., he had simply been traveling. Police had traced him to Texarkana, Texas, before a citizen who'd seen his picture spotted him Friday and called local police.
The elder Hurley spoke briefly by phone to Leesburg police, but didn't provide many details, said Lt. Jeff Dube, a police spokesman.