Woods shares 36-hole lead, major No. 15 in reach


SAN FRANCISCO – It’s been 12 major championship starts since his last victory, but No. 15 may be lurking this weekend for Tiger Woods.

Stagnating at 14 major titles ever since winning the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods may be 36 holes from getting to within three of Jack Nicklaus’ vaunted record.

He will enter the weekend of the 112th U.S. Open Championship tied atop the leaderboard with Jim Furyk and David Toms, and will play in the final pairing of the third round alongside Furyk, a longtime friend and frequent Ryder Cup partner throughout the years.

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'I think I'm in a good spot,' Woods said. 'So looking forward to it and going off late tomorrow, so get some good rest.'

On Friday, Woods followed an opening-round 1-under 69 with an even-par 70 that included three birdies, three bogeys and continued consistent play.

'This is a different tournament,' Woods said. 'You have to stay patient, got to stay present, and you're just playing for a lot of pars. This is not a tournament where we have to make a bunch of birdies. Just got to just hang in there with a bunch of pars.'

For the round, Woods found 11 of 14 fairways, hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation and took 31 putts. Two of his birdies came at par-3 holes – the third and 13th at The Olympic Club – and the other came on the par-4 10th. Meanwhile, his bogeys came in a bunch, stringing together three in a row on holes 5 through 7.

Woods is coming off a victory at the Memorial Tournament in his last start – his second win in nine PGA Tour starts this season.