With the sun beaming down on the Blue Monster yet again on Friday, Tiger Woods was at his very best in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla.
One day after shooting a four-under 66, Tiger returned to the course he's become accustomed to dominating and knocked in eight birdies to finish seven under for the round, putting him at 13 under for the tournament.
Woods leads the field heading into this weekend's final two rounds, but a handful of familiar names are hot on his trail:
Round 2 Leaderboard
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Woods and Phil Mickelson wound up stealing the show at Doral on Friday, as the two superstars put on a birdie clinic at the Blue Monster. Tiger would finish with eight on the day, including this beauty on No. 13:
This tweet from the PGA Tour presents the staggering numbers from Woods' scorching-hot start at Doral:
PGA TOUR @PGATOUR
Tiger Woods: 66-65 = 131 (-13). Leader by two at @CadillacChamp with 17 birdies in his first 36 holes. #theseguysaregood2013-3-8 22:40:13
Tiger wasn't the only star living up to the hype on Friday. Lefty picked up some big-time momentum heading into the back nine with this birdie on No. 9. He's tied for third after two rounds:
2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel came out of nowhere on Friday, catching fire and shooting a seven-under 65 of his own to climb into the Top 10 after a lackluster opening round on Thursday. He's eight under, five shots back of the leader as we get set to shift to the final rounds.
The shot of the day had to go to Zach Johnson, who plopped in an eagle on No. 11 with this fantastic shot (via PGA Tour on Twitter):
Johnson would finish five under for the round, and is well within striking distance heading into Saturday's third-round action.
Top-ranked golfers Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald flew under the radar for the most part on Friday thanks to a slow start in Thursday's first round. McIlroy looked shaky early on Friday, picking up two bogeys, but then recovered nicely and recorded five birdies before bogeying No. 18 to finish three under for the round. He's two under and tied for 32nd after two rounds.
Donald was less fortunate, as he struggled throughout the second round, picking up a much-needed birdie on No. 15 before double bogeying No. 18 to all but destroy his chances. Donald is two over for the tournament and 15 shots back of the leader with 36 holes to play.
Meanwhile, Spaniard Sergio Garcia wasted a golden opportunity to keep pace with the leaders on Friday. Garcia picked up two bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine and wound up finishing even for the day.
Like Garcia, Hunter Mahan took a tumble down the leaderboard after Friday's second round. Mahan shot an even 72 and is now tied for 20th heading into the weekend. Mahan played an uneventful front nine before alternating two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine.
The bigger storyline, though, is the plethora of stars in solid reach of the title.
With most of golf's big names at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final rounds, fans can look forward to a wild weekend of action at Doral.
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