August 14, 2009

Woods holds lead during second round

Tiger Woods held a one-shot advantage atop a crowded leaderboard Friday during the second round of the PGA Championship in Minnesota.

Woods, seeking his fifth title in the tournament and his 15th overall in majors, was at 6-under-par par through nine holes at the windy Hazeltine National Golf Club. His playing partner, defending champion Padraig Harrington, was at 5-under.

Two others, Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and Alvaro Quiros of Spain, had briefly shared the lead at 4-under after Woods dropped a shot. But the world's No. 1 player rolled in a long birdie putt at No. 6 to move back on top and then birdied No. 7.

At 3-under, with their rounds completed, were Vijay Singh, who has won the event twice (1998, 2004) and U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover. Singh shot an even-par 72 and Glover had a 70.

Brendan Jones of Australia (70) also was at 3-under.

McDowell and Quiros fell back to 2-under.

Eleven players were within four shots of the lead midway through the round.

Winds gusted to 20-plus mph at Hazeltine, at 7,674 yards the longest course in major championship history.