July 31, 2009

Woods storms into contention at Buick Open

John Senden took the lead at the Buick Open Friday and Tiger Woods rushed into contention by shooting his lowest round in two years.

Senden posted a 6-under 66 at the Warwick Hills Country Club for a 36-hole total of 14-under 130.

Michael Letzig was alone in second at 132 after shooting a 65. Vaughn Taylor and Bill Lunde shared third place at 133.

Woods appeared to be in danger of missing a second straight 36-hole cut, something he has never done in his record-setting career. He said after his first-round 71 that he would shoot whatever score he needed to be around for the weekend and he did a lot better than that -- firing a 9-under 63 to move from a tie for 95th into a share of fifth place at 134.

He was tied with Kevin Stadler, Roland Thatcher, Y.E. Yang, Greg Chalmers and Jimmy Walker. Woods played the first five holes in 6-under.

Yesterday, I didn't hit my irons as close and I certainly didn't putt good at all, Woods said. Today, I hit my irons a little closer and I made some putts. Even though I three-putted 18 and missed a few out there, I also made a bunch, too.