Tiger tied with Wilson in Illinois
Americans Tiger Woods and Mark Wilson shared the lead at the end of the second round of the BMW Championship in Illinois.
Tiger Woods, who has won a lot here, and local Tour professional Mark Wilson, who plays a lot here, shared the lead at the end of the second round of the BMW Championship in Illinois.
Wilson was the long-time clubhouse leader after a second-round 66 vaulted him up the leaderboard and on to seven under, but the 34-year-old saw his advantage gradually eroded by Woods, who secured a share of the lead with a birdie on the 17th.
Woods’ day began with a bogey on the first after hooking his drive into a fairway bunker, but thereafter his round was unblemished as five birdies lifted him to the top of the pile with a 67.
Woods is a four-time winner at Cog Hill and will fancy converting his 36-hole lead into a fifth title, but local boy Wilson knows the course like the back of his hand and could well be there or thereabouts come Sunday.
Wilson, who birdied his final hole for his 66, moved to Chicago some five years ago and while seeking out a practice venue, met Cog hill’s Frank Jemsek who promptly offered him a free run at this public golf course in the Chicago suburbs where he now spends most of his practice time.
“This summer when I’ve been home, I’ve been primarily coming out here because I thought it made sense to get ready to play the new golf lay-out,” said Wilson in referring to the latest Rees Jones renovation.
Woods and Wilson are at 7-under 135, and, heading into the weekend, will play together for the first time since their championship match in the 1992 US Junior Amateur in Massachusetts, where a 16-year-old Woods rallied from 2 down to win on the 18th hole.
“We go back a long way,” the long-time world number one remembers.
The duo hold some of the best cards at the event, but don’t expect this vital third leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs where the field is to be cut from 69 to 30 to be a two-horse race.
Padraig Harrington heads an ambitious on-form list of four players tied for second place on six under, the Irishman having carded a 68 for the second day in succession.
It could have been so much better for the three-time major winner, however, after a bogey on the 18th deprived him of a share of the overnight lead.
Australian revelation Marc Leishman, American Bo Van Pelt and overnight leader Rory Sabbatini of South Africa were the other players on six-under through 36 holes.
Fellow overnight leader Steve Marino suffered a nightmare second round, however, falling from five under to one over after five bogeys and two double bogeys on his way to a dismal 77.
Zach Johnson and John Rollins were the biggest movers on day two, both carding 65s to move onto four under alongside fellow Americans Brandt Snedeker, Sean O’Hair and Anthony Kim. They too lurk dangerously.
England’s Luke Donald carded a 69 to move into a share of 13th place on three under, level with six other players, including Sergio Garcia.
Elsewhere, Ian Poulter hit four bogeys and four birdies as he finished the day down in 19th place on two under.
Steve Stricker, who overtook Woods when he went to the top of the FedEx standings with his win last week, missed four birdie putts inside 10 feet on Friday during a five-hole stretch before making one from 35 feet.
He shot a 73 and was 10 shots off the pace.
But he will only lose his FedEx lead if Woods wins at Cog hill on Sunday.
ALL THE SECOND ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 71):
135 Tiger Woods 68 67, Mark Wilson 69 66
136 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 66 70, Marc Leishman (Aus) 67 69, Bo Van Pelt 67 69, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 68 68
137 Bubba Watson 69 68
138 Anthony Kim 69 69, John Rollins 73 65, Zach Johnson 73 65, Sean O’Hair 70 68, Brandt Snedeker 69 69
139 Bill Haas 71 68, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 71 68, David Toms 68 71, Luke Donald (Eng) 70 69, Matt Kuchar 71 68, Heath Slocum 70 69
140 Phil Mickelson 71 69, Chad Campbell 70 70, Jeff Overton 72 68, Jim Furyk 70 70, John Senden (Aus) 70 70, Ian Poulter (Eng) 69 71
141 Brian Davis (Eng) 71 70, Nick Watney 70 71, Mike Weir (Can) 72 69, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 68 73, Charles Howell III 69 72
142 Dustin Johnson 69 73, Justin Leonard 73 69, Ernie Els (Rsa) 75 67, Camilo Villegas (Col) 68 74, Kevin Sutherland 75 67
143 Steve Marino 66 77, Pat Perez 72 71, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 72 71, Bryce Molder 70 73, Stephen Ames (Can) 76 67, Ryan Moore 71 72
144 Charley Hoffman 73 71, Jason Dufner 74 70, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 72 72, Brian Gay 73 71, John Mallinger 68 76, Jason Day (Aus) 71 73, Webb Simpson 70 74, Kevin Na 72 72, Charlie Wi (Kor) 71 73, Ben Crane 75 69
145 Steve Stricker 72 73, Scott Verplank 70 75, Jason Bohn 71 74
146 Hunter Mahan 73 73, Kenny Perry 77 69, Paul Goydos 74 72, Stewart Cink 72 74
147 Nathan Green (Aus) 73 74, Tim Clark (Rsa) 78 69
148 Woody Austin 76 72, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 73 75, Jonathan Byrd 69 79
149 Jerry Kelly 76 73, Robert Allenby (Aus) 75 74, Lucas Glover 74 75, Y.E. Yang (Kor) 71 78
151 J.B. Holmes 78 73, Davis Love III 74 77
WD: Bob Estes 77
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