Former KU golf standout Gary Woodland’s hot streak at golf’s first PGA Tour event since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sport continued well into Friday afternoon at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.
After finishing Round 1 at Colonial Country Club with five birdies in his final seven holes on Thursday, Woodland birdied two of his first four holes on Friday and added two more birdies at No. 9 and No. 11 to move to 9-under.
After playing 32 holes of bogey-free golf, Woodland’s streak ended at No. 15, when he carded a 5 on the 428-yard par 4. He followed that up with a bogey on the par-3 16th and fell to 7-under for the tournament with two holes to play in the second round.
Woodland quickly got one of the two miscues back with a birdie at No. 17, and he finished Round 2 with par on No. 18.
Woodland, who shot 3-under on Friday, enters the weekend at 8-under for the tournament and in a seventh-place tie with four other golfers, including first-round leader Justin Rose.
“The leaderboard is a ‘who’s who’ of golf right now,” Rory McIlroy said after a 63, with a bogey on the last hole. “I’m just happy to be in the mix.”
Harold Varner III leads the event at -11, Jordan Spieth sits one stroke back in second place at -10 and three golfers, including McIlroy, sit in a fourth-place tie at -9.