Ishikawa leads Quicken Loans; Woods 3 back

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Conditions remained soft at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, where the tournament host was among several big names to take advantage. Here's how things look at the halfway point of the Quicken Loans National, as Ryo Ishikawa leads by one shot: 

Leaderboard: Ryo Ishikawa (-11) Rickie Fowler (-10), Kevin Chappell (-10), David Lingmerth (-9), Tiger Woods (-8), Jimmy Walker (-8), Danny Lee (-8)

What it means: Ishikawa began the day with a share of the lead, and he maintained that position after birdies on his final three holes capped a round of 3-under 68. He sits one shot ahead of Chappell and Fowler, who already has two wins to his credit this year, while Woods lurks just three shots off the pace.

Round of the day: Walker appeared to be headed for an early exit after an opening-round 71 that featured only two birdies, but he bounced back with an 8-under 63. Walker’s round included a hole-out eagle on No. 2 to go along with seven birdies.

Best of the rest: Fowler’s opening round included a walk-off ace on No. 9, and he maintained that momentum with a 6-under 65. After making the turn in 1 under, Fowler birdied five of his final nine holes to fire an inward-half 30 that briefly gave him a share of the lead.

Biggest disappointment: Retief Goosen had a share of the lead overnight, but the South African stumbled to a 73 in the second round. Goosen squared five bogeys against just two birdies, and at 6 under he now trails by five shots as he looks to end a victory drought that stretches back to 2009.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With respect to Ishikawa, the biggest storyline remains Woods, the tournament host who backed up a 68 with a 5-under 66 Friday. With only one top-25 finish this season, Woods is desperate for a high finish and appears to be firing on all cylinders at the halfway point.

Shot of the day: Walker’s drive left him in a fairway bunker on No. 2, but his wedge approach from 112 yards hit beyond the hole and spun back for an improbable eagle.

Quote of the day: “This could have been one of those really low rounds.” – Woods, who has opened with two rounds of 68 or better for the first time since September 2013.