Friday, December 15, 2017
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Furyk stays in right direction in Akron

AKRON, Ohio — Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods each carried momentum into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational. That meant Furyk's best 36-hole score in his PGA Tour career, and a bad start for Woods.

Furyk made a few birdies early and saved par from the bunker four times on the back nine at Firestone for a 4-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain.

It helped that Furyk shot 63 Thursday afternoon, allowing him to turn around Friday morning and try to resume his good play. He did, starting with a tricky birdie on the second hole and following his lone bogey with a 20-foot birdie on the ninth.

"Just probably a little easier to keep the momentum going that way than having an early time on Thursday, having a good round and having to sit on it until Friday afternoon," Furyk said.

His 11-under 129 total was two shots clear of Cabrera-Bello (65). Louis Oosthuizen used his putter from just off the ninth green to finish with birdie and 65, leaving him three shots behind at the World Golf Championships event.

Woods, a seven-time winner at Firestone, started his second round by driving into a bunker, which led to bogey on No. 10. And the low point of his putting woes came on the seventh hole, when he stuffed his tee shot inside 5 feet and three-putted for bogey.

"I hit it good, made nothing," Woods said.

Woods had 72 and was at 2-over 142, 13 shots out on a course where he never finished worse than fifth the first 11 times he played.

Phil Mickelson switched putters and found moderate success. He had 69, ending a streak of 10 consecutive rounds without breaking par on the PGA Tour. He had rounds of 64-65 at the Scottish Open.

PGA: Alexandre Rocha opened birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle on the way to the top of the second-round leaderboard in the Reno-Tahoe Open in Nevada. He had a two-day total of 24 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. John Daly was seventh with 19.

CHAMPIONS: Gil Morgan was happy to shoot his age, yet slightly disappointed his score wasn't even lower. Morgan, 65, shot 7-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead with Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate and Peter Senior at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. "I didn't have too many mistakes, I didn't miss many greens, but I had a few opportunities that kind of slipped away putting-wise," Morgan said.

JUNIOR PGA: Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn defended her title and Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., won the boys' division in Fort Wayne, Ind. Jutanugarn, 16, shot 67 for 14-under 274 total, three strokes better than Windermere's Samantha Wagner, 15. Shelton, 16, shot 70 for 13 under total.

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