WINDERMERE, Fla. — The guy in a red shirt put on quite a show Friday in the Hero World Challenge to get into contention.
That was Patrick Reed — and Tiger Woods watched it all.
Reed, playing alongside Woods at Isleworth, was 8 under through 10 holes and wound up with a 9-under 63 in the second round, which was delayed 90 minutes by heavy rain. Jordan Spieth elected not to finish his round in darkness, mainly because he had a tough chip short of the 18th green and couldn’t see the flag from 30 feet away.
Spieth was at 11 under, two shots ahead of Henrik Stenson, who had a 68.
Reed was another shot back, along with Justin Rose.
He became the third player this year to shoot a 63 while playing with Woods.
“I never played with Tiger before, besides a practice round at the British,” Reed said. “It was good to finally be able to play with him, especially in competition. It was a lot of fun. We had a good time. I felt like we enjoyed ourselves out there, and luckily I played well.”
Woods was better than his opening 77, except for a sour ending because of another flubbed chip.
Woods was making progress toward his goal of getting back to even par for the tournament. He hit a 5-iron out of the rough to 4 feet for eagle on the par-5 13th, followed with a flip wedge into 3 feet for birdie on the 14th, and he hit another wedge to 5 feet for birdie on the 16th.
But after the rain, Woods had mud on his ball in the fairway and could only smile as it sailed left and long of the green. What followed was another bad chip — that’s six already in two rounds — that traveled only about 10 feet. He wound up with a double bogey for a 70.
“It’s not very good,” Woods said of his short game.
The best golf in the group came from Reed, who grew up trying to pattern his game after Woods, even down to the wardrobe.
This was a good time for that.
Reed wasn’t even sure he would be in the tournament until Jim Furyk withdrew last week. And if there was ever a time to get excited about opening with a 73, this would be the occasion. It meant Reed would be paired with Woods, in the first group out.
Reed opened with three straight birdies. He rolled in a 40-foot eagle putt on the seventh, and he went out in 29 after making a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 9.
After his 7-foot birdie putt at No. 10, Reed even began “thinking in the 50s,” though that ended quickly. With a sand wedge from the rough, his ball came back off a hill behind the 12th green with so much steam that Reed begged it to “hit the microphone.” That would have been the only thing to keep it from rolling into the water, and it missed. He made bogey.
Donald shoots 63, takeS lead: In Sun City, South Africa, Luke Donald birdied seven of his first 10 holes Friday to shoot 63 and take a two-shot lead after the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The former top-ranked Englishman was one shot off the course record at the Gary Player Country Club, giving himself a chance of a memorable end to a pretty average year.
Donald’s round was four strokes better than anyone else to move to 10-under 134.
He leads Ross Fisher.
(70), with Alexander Levy (70) a further two shots back at 6 under.
Brendon Todd of the United States was another big mover with a 4-under 68 to tie for sixth in the European Tour season-opener.