Remember me? Tiger roars into share of Wyndham lead

Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:28pm EDT
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By Andrew Both

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Tiger Woods roared back after over a year in the wilderness to tie for the Wyndham Championship lead on Friday and then said he didn't expect it would take so long to return to a position that used to be second nature.

Less than three months after the worst round of his career, Woods looked more like the 14-times major champion that he is as he recovered from a three-putt bogey at the first hole to card a five-under 65 in the second round at Sedgefield Country Club.

It's the first time Woods has held an end-of-round lead since he won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in August 2013.

On 11-under 129, the 39-year-old shared the halfway lead with PGA Tour rookie Tom Hoge, one stroke ahead of fellow Americans Davis Love III (66) and Chad Campbell (65).

Former world number one Woods, whose ranking has plunged to 286, downplayed his position, but his words could not disguise the look on his face of immense satisfaction.

"I'm only at the halfway point, We've still got a lot of golf to go," Woods told reporters in an interview room that was constructed at the last minute after he entered the tournament for the first time.

"I wasn't quite as sharp as yesterday. I kept leaving my iron shots above the hole."

Telling, he admitted that it had taken him a lot longer than expected to find his game after undergoing major back surgery last year, and then reworking his swing with new instructor Chris Como.   Continued...

Tiger Woods (center) hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports