THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — For the final tournament at Sherwood Country Club, Tiger Woods seems intent on leaving a lasting impression.
He only missed one fairway Friday in the World Challenge. He putted for birdie on every hole. Only once was he under stress to make par. And when he finished his second round with a pair of pars, Woods matched his course record with a 10-under 62 and was in a familiar position going into the weekend.
Woods, a five-time winner at Sherwood, had a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson.
"It was fun to watch," said Graeme McDowell, who tied for the second-best round of the day and fell six shots behind.
Woods was at 11-under 133 and will be paired in the last group Saturday with Johnson, who missed a few good birdie chances on the back nine but still managed a 68. Johnson is a two-time runner-up at the World Challenge, both times to Woods.
Matt Kuchar had a 68 and was three shots behind, and no one else was closer than five shots.
Woods had little reason to believe he would tie his course record at Sherwood, which he set in 2007 during one of his victories. Nothing was going right on the practice range. And even though he opened with two birdies, the pin was accessible on No. 1 and the second hole is a par 5 that featured a front pin.
"I hit a good tee shot down No. 1, good second shot in there to a kick-in, and it still didn't feel very good," Woods said. "But think the third hole was a nice shot in there. It was the first swing I made, even during warm-up, that felt really good, and I tried to keep that feeling the rest of the day. And I did. I hit a lot of good shots after that."
It was the 10th time Woods has shot 62 or lower in a tournament. He went on to win six of those events. The exceptions were the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic (61 in the first round), the 2005 Buick Open (61 in the second round) and the 2012 Honda Classic (62 in the final round).
This is his final event of the year, though Woods has been around long enough to keep it in perspective.
"Two more rounds," he said.
No one is ready to concede this tournament to Woods, except for those at the far end of this 18-man field. Hunter Mahan had an 80, Dustin Johnson had a 79 and Rory McIlroy, coming off a win at the Australian Open, had a 77.
"Amazing what Tiger did out there. It's just some incredible golf," Kuchar said. "I kind of felt sorry for Graeme McDowell. I saw he posted a 5-under-par round, and it must have felt like it was 2 or 3 over. It's tough when you're paired with a guy like that. It makes you feel like you're not doing much. But the rest of us just go about our business."