Tiger Woods is No. 1 in the world golf rankings, and on Friday, he moved to No. 1 on the leaderboard at his own tournament at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
The 14-time major champion flashed his trademark dominant form in the second round by putting up a bogey-free, 10-under 62 at Sherwood Country Club, opening up a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson.
Here is a quick overview of the top competitors in the elite 18-player field:
From the beginning of the day, though, it was clear that Woods was hot and dialed in, as he hit his approach to the par-four first hole to kick-in range to get off to an ideal start:
Due to frost, there is a 1-hour delay to the start of R2 of the Northwestern Mutual World Ch. The 1st time is now scheduled for 10:30am PT.— PGA TOUR Media (@PGATOURmedia) December 6, 2013
He would birdie three additional holes on the front nine to go out in five-under 31—the last of those coming on this bomb of a putt at No. 7:
After a birdie at No. 10, a disappointing close-range eagle putt did not even hit the hole, though it was still good enough for a birdie to give Woods his first share of the lead.
A par at the 12th followed, but then he birdied 13 and 14 and capped off his birdie binge at the par-five 16th, which gave him birdies on all but one of the par fives for the round.
Having said that, Graeme McDowell played well in his own right alongside Woods, firing a five-under 67 that also was absent of a dropped shot.
The Northern Irishman's efforts may have paled in comparison to his fellow competitor, but he nevertheless remained steady and is within striking distance at five under for the tournament.
The men between McDowell and Woods are Johnson and Matt Kuchar. Johnson left much to be desired, though, because he started with three birdies in five holes but followed up with 13 consecutive pars. Some redemption was salvaged when he rolled in a birdie on No. 18.
Kuchar got off to a hot start by birdying the first two holes as Woods did. Then he made a clutch birdie at the par-four No. 6 to keep his early roll going:
After 12 straight pars, Zach Johnson's patience pays off as he finishes strong with a birdie on 18 to get to -9.— Amanda Balionis (@Amanda_Balionis) December 6, 2013
As might be expected, one of the more colorful scorecards of the day belonged to Bubba Watson, who moved to four under through five holes after the shot of the day to set up eagle at the par-five fifth:
He followed that with a bogey and a double bogey and then made two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine to card a second consecutive two-under 70.
Some of the world's best have found this tournament to be a struggle, including Rory McIlroy, who won in Australia last week but took a nine on the par-five No. 16 to slip to a tie for 16th at plus-six in shooting 77.
But the story of the day, as is often inevitable when discussing professional golf, was Woods' dominance. His round was five strokes better than anyone else in the field in the second round, and he looks well on his way to claiming his 80th tour victory.
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