Not even one bad hole could keep Tiger Woods from a share of the 36-hole lead for the first time in more than five years. Woods was on the verge of building a cushion Friday in the Tour Championship with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, only to make double bogey from the rough and a plugged lie in the bunker at the 16th hole. He finished with a two-putt birdie for a 2-under 68 to tie Justin Rose at seven under going into the weekend at East Lake.
Rory McIlroy made enough birdies to offset his mistakes and had a 68. He stands at five under, two shots back. Louisville area native Justin Thomas had a 69 and stands at four under, three shots off the lead.