TIGER Woods grabbed a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the US PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship on Friday after a five-under-par round kept his hopes of snatching a place in the Fedex Cup post-season playoffs firmly afloat.
Woods, who posted his best round in two years on Thursday with a six-under-par 64, backed it up with another solid round of 65 to join Tom Hoge on 11-under at the top of the leaderboard.
A shot back were Davis Love III (66) and Chad Campbell (65).
The best round of the day belonged to Brandt Snedeker, who electrified the course with a nine-under-par 61 to leave him tied for fifth on nine-under in a group of six players including Australian Cameron Percy (66).
Of the other Australians, Cameron Smith (68) is tied for 32nd at five-under, Adam Scott (69) is a shot further back and Greg Chalmers (70) one more behind.
Aaron Baddeley (72) at one-under, Scott Gardiner (72) at even and Robert Allenby (69) all missed the cut.
Woods, the 14-time Major champion, might even have taken sole possession of the lead had it not been for an uneven front nine, which comprised two bogeys and three birdies to put Woods one-under for the day at the turn.
Woods saved his best for the back nine, moving within two shots of the lead after consecutive birdies on the 12th and 13th, which included a spectacular 25-foot birdie putt on the 405-yard 13th.
It got better on the par-five 15th, however.
A sensational second shot took Woods over the water and onto the green in two, 10 feet from the pin.
The former world number one duly rolled in the putt for an eagle which took him to 11 under before he closed out the round with three straight pars.
The round leaves Woods poised to achieve what had seemed an improbable goal before the tournament -- a victory which would guarantee him a berth in the lucrative four-leg post-season playoff series.
It comes after a disappointing display at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits last week where he missed the cut -- his third missed cut at a Major this year.
Hoge meanwhile followed up Thursday's eight-under-par 62 with a three-under-par 67 including five birdies and two bogeys.
WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND LEADERBOARD
|T3||DAVIS LOVE III||-10|
|T5||CAMERON PERCY (AUS)||-9|
|T32||CAMERON SMITH (AUS)||-5|
|T42||ADAM SCOTT (AUS)||-4|
|T52||GREG CHALMERS (AUS)||-3|
|MC||AARON BADDELEY (AUS)|
|MC||ROBERT ALLENBY (AUS)|
|MC||SCOTT GARDINER (AUS)|
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