Jim Furyk made every putt and shot a course record-tying 62 and Tiger Woods missed several short ones on his way to a 69 on Friday as both were at 5-under-par 139 midway through the Doral-Ryder Open, two shots off the lead.
"I started the day trying to make the cut," Furyk said after needing only 24 putts to pull close to leaders Tim Herron, Michael Bradley and John Cook. "I've put myself in contention."A lot of people were in contention as 18 players were within three shots of the three leaders.
Woods and Furyk played together in the second round and were in a logjam at 139 that included Curtis Strange, who is trying to win for the first time on tour in nine years, and three-time Doral winner Raymond Floyd, who at 54 is trying to become the oldest to win on the PGA Tour.
Scott Hoch, Rocco Mediate and Stewart Cink were one stroke off the lead.
Woods and Furyk clearly fed off each other's good play.
"Jim started out with three straight birdies and couldn't get the tee," said Woods, who looked like he might bolt from the pack when he began his round birdie-birdie-eagle. But it was Furyk who took control of the day.
NIKE GREATER AUSTIN OPEN: At Austin, Texas, amateur Brad Elder of the University of Texas shot a course-record, 7-under-par 65 in chilly conditions Friday to tie Chris Zambri for the second-round lead of the Nike Tour's Greater Austin Open.
Elder and Zambri, who shot a 67, were at 9-under-par 135, one shot ahead of Charlie Rymer, who also shot a 65, and former PGA Tour veteran Keith Fergus, who had a second 68 over the Hills of Lakeway course.
Casey Martin, the disabled golfer who won a court fight over the right to ride in a cart, was only three shots behind the leaders after his second 69.
A federal magistrate ruled on Feb. 11 that Martin could use a cart because of a right leg defect from birth. The PGA Tour has appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court in San Francisco, but the process could take from 18 months to two years.
The disability is called Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome and there is no cure.