“It's been such a long time since I've last been in contention,” he said after a 1-under 70 gave him the Northern Trust Open lead entering the weekend. “Who knows how my game is going to hold up, but I'm feeling good. My back's feeling great. So if the nerves can hold, just continue to make good golf swings and make a few good putts, who knows?”
The two-time U.S. Open champion is playing well on a course which looks like it’s hosting a U.S. Open, but he’s still seeking a first win in almost six full years.
“I was excited to be up there again, fighting for the lead a little bit. I struggled, but I was fighting. I was working hard out there, keeping my score together and hopefully this weekend it's going to be the same. It's going to be a grind out there. It's not going to be easygoing.”