Tiger Woods shoots in the 60s again at Greenbrier Classic

14-time Major winner four shots off the lead of Scott Langley and Jhonattan Vegas

Tiger Woods shot a second round 69 leaving him four shots off the lead in the Greenbrier Classic. Photograph: Getty

Tiger Woods shot a second round 69 leaving him four shots off the lead in the Greenbrier Classic. Photograph: Getty

 

Tiger Woods shot his second successive round in the 60s to remain four shots off the lead at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.

The former world number one followed up his opening 66 around The Old White TPC with a one-under-par 69 to comfortably make the cut at five under.

His round was matched by overnight leader Scott Langley, who now has company at the summit after Jhonattan Vegas shot a blemish-free 65 on Friday.

Woods made a good start with a birdie at the second hole after hitting his approach to two feet, and played the rest of the front nine in pars.

The back half was more eventful as he dropped shots at the 11th and 13th but responded immediately with birdies on each occasion.

A bogey five on the 16th dropped him to level par for his round once again but, after his 98-yard approach at 17 caught the hole but stayed out, he lofted his final tee shot to within six feet and rolled home the putt to close with a birdie two.

Langley, starting from the 10th hole, dropped a shot at the 15th but recovered it with a 30-foot putt at 17.

He repeated the pattern with a bogey at two and a 24-footer for birdie at the sixth, before another birdie at the next took him under par for his round for the first time.

Langley told PGA Tour Radio: “It was a little tougher today. My round was really close to being good, I left a lot of putts short right in the heart of the cup.

“Playing in the final group tomorrow’s going to be a lot of fun, it’s right where you want to be.”

Vegas also started on the back nine and made birdies at the 12th and 17th, both par fives.

Another followed on the second and his picked up two further shots in his last three holes to move to nine under.

The Venezuelan said: “The afternoon was the best part of the day, conditions were perfect, and I was able to take advantage and play a solid round.

“There are a bunch of guys close, I’ve just got to stick to what I’m doing. I feel like I’m playing great, I’m working hard to make it happen.”

As Vegas indicated, seven players shared third place on eight under par.

Among them was England’s Greg Owen, who was out earlier than Langley and Vegas and at one point held the outright lead as he shot 67.

The Mansfield veteran finished second at the recent FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis and he said: “I’m driving the ball better, hitting my irons closer and holing some putts. I’ve felt like I could do this all year but I’ve just not been doing it.”

New Zealand’s Danny Lee, Canada’s David Hearn and Americans Chad Collins, Kevin Chappell, Jonathan Byrd and Bryce Molder were alongside Owen, Molder and Hearn shooting six-under-par rounds of 64.

There were six more players at seven under and 39 within four shots of the lead - including amateur Maverick McNealy, who was alongside Woods with the help of a 40-foot birdie putt at 18 after starting on the back nine.

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