Three golfers share the lead and Tiger Woods caused some roars during Friday’s second round in the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Md.
Beau Hossler shot a 4-under-par 66 to move into the lead in the morning. He was caught late in the round by Ryan Armour and Brian Gay. That trio each holds 9-under-par 131 scores going to the weekend.
Woods shot 65, moving to a tie for 11th and making for an exciting morning.
The round put Woods at 5 under for the tournament.
Woods, who began on the 10th hole, had an active back nine with four birdies and two bogeys. Then he got rolling with birdies on Nos. 2, 3 and 5.
He finished the round needing 27 putts.
“They’re going to start falling eventually and today they did,” Woods said.
Yet Woods didn’t need to putt on No. 18 as he completed the backside, chipping in from 98 feet for a birdie.
With some of the good work early in the round, Woods wanted to make sure he was rewarded. So par saves on the last two holes were important.
“I felt like I played well enough to shoot the score I shot and I didn’t want to lose it on the last couple holes,” he said.
Woods is a two-time winner of this tournament when it was held nearby at Congressional, where he served as host.
Hossler produced birdies on four of the final five holes. That strong morning round pushed him to 9 under at the tournament’s midway mark.
“I’ve had a lot of really good rounds,” he said. “Unfortunately, I’ve had some kind of high ones that are uncharacteristic.”
Hossler, a former University of Texas standout, has never won on the PGA Tour.
Armour (65), who played for Ohio State, and Gay (64), a former college golfer for Florida, were playing together, and they each ended with birdies on the par-3 ninth hole to pull even with Hossler.
Billy Horschel and Italy’s Francesco Molinari are one stroke behind the leading trio.
Horschel pulled even twice only to bogey and drop back as he headed down the stretch on the way to his 68. Molinari notched a 65 on Friday.
There could be plenty of weekend contenders.
“If you get out there and drive it well and put yourself in the short grass, you can definitely get after some of these holes,” said Rickie Fowler, who shot 66 on Friday to move to 4 under for the tournament. “I had a lot of good looks and took advantage of some of that. I haven’t made a bunch of putts yet. I’ve made some good ones to keep the round going with par saves.”
Zac Blair moved to 7 under for the tournament after shooting 66. His lone bogey came on the final hole.
Kevin Streelman produced the day’s top score with 62. He’s in a seventh-place tie at 6 under.
Streelman started on the backside and was 5 under through five holes, including an eagle on the par-4 14th hole.
Streelman is tied with Taiwan’s C.T. Pan (67), John Huh (64) and Australian Marc Leishman (67).
Joel Dahmen was poised to be among the leaders until late struggles. He settled for a 69 with bogeys on Nos. 15, 16 and 18 for his only non-pars on the back nine. He’s at 5 under for the tournament.
First-round co-leader J.J. Spaun shot 73 to sit at 4 under. That was 10 shots worse than Thursday’s score.
Andrew Landry, who was a first-round co-leader, stayed on pace with a birdie on the second hole. But by the time he double-bogeyed No. 10, he was already out of the top 10.
Defending champion Kyle Stanley did enough to make the cut with three shots to spare with his 67. He’s at 2 under and tied for 36th place.
–Field Level Media