Orlando (Florida): Patrick Reed loves to be in the thick of things. And he was right there alright in the second round of the Hero World Challenge on Friday.
Patrick Reed (left) and Tiger Woods walk off the third tee during the second round of the Hero World Challenge. Pic/AFP
Seven-under through the first nine holes with five birdies and a 40-foot eagle, he admitted to thoughts of a sub-60.
That he managed only three birdies and also dropped a bogey meant he finished at nine-under 63, which saw him leapfrog from the second last place the previous day to third after the second day with a 10-shot improvement on his first day's score of 73.
Reed is now tied third alongside Justin Rose (64) — two behind leader, Jordan Spieth, and one behind Henrik Stenson. Spieth was the man Reed beat in a play-off for his first PGA Tour title and Stenson was the man he beat in the Sunday Singles at 2014 Ryder Cup.
On Friday, Reed turned up for first-time pairing with Tiger Woods in the 'Woods-like' red and black colours that immediately attracted attention. Reed said, "I never played with Tiger before besides in a practice rounds at the British.
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." That's an understatement — he beat Woods by seven shots!
An ill Tiger Woods made his first eagle in 16 months on his way to a two-under par 70 in the second round of the Hero World Challenge. The former World No 1 closed with a double bogey after a two-hour rain delay to remain last in the 18-man event on three-over 147 after 36 holes.