There are three players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the second round at Olympic club on Friday. They are Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms, who all finished the day at -1 under par for the tournament. The smart money is still on Tiger Woods, although Jim and David will not shy away from pushing Tiger all the way, and stop him in his tracks in his pursuit of Jack’s record.
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They are also the only players who managed to get under par for the 36 holes, the nearest challengers are at +1 over par, and there are four of them; John Peterson, Nicolas Colsaerts, Graeme McDowell and first round leader Michael Thompson.
Justin Rose slipped back with a sorry round of 75 to finish at +4, and Lee Westwood finished at + 5 over par for the tournament, along with Ian Poulter who also suffered with a 75 in his second round. Phil Mickelson had a better second round, a 71, to finish the day at +7, to make the cut. Phil said he was happy to make the weekend;
“I had a really good thing happen yesterday,I hit balls after the round, and I had this really good breakthrough. I felt much better with the ball striking and was able to work it. Just a slight thing on the setup. It wasn’t allowing me to bring the club back where I wanted to and on an inside path. I was taking it outside, and I was getting it in a bad position from the start. I played well enough today to shoot under par and I have to shoot 3 or 4 under par tomorrow to have a chance for Sunday. It’s out there, but it’s very difficult. You’ve got to strike it well, but you’ve got to make some putts and that’s just the one part that kind of let me down today.”
Notables missing the cut beginning with those who were hopelessly out of touch; Michael Campbell +13, Vijay Singh +13, Stewart Cink +12 Spencer Levin +11, world number one Luke Donald +11, defending champion Rory McIlroy +10.
Others just missing the cut line which was set at +8, were; Bubba Watson, Y.E. Yang, Louis Oosthuizen, who were all at +9 over par.
Young Chinese player Andy Zhang also missed the cut finishing with a tournament score of +16 over par.