Both are playing in first Wyndham Championship
Tiger Woods has 79 career PGA TOUR victories, Tom Hoge now has 79 career PGA TOUR rounds played. And they are tied for the lead after the second round of the 2015 Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.
Tiger Woods (-11, 129) shot a second round 65 to hold a share of the lead heading into the weekend. He bogeyed #1 and #7 on the front nine, but birdies on #3, #5 and #8 kept him under par making the turn. On the back, he added birdies on #12 and #13. His eagle on #15 propelled him -11 and a share of the lead.
Tom Hoge, born in Statesville, N.C., (-11, 129) shot 67 to follow up his opening 62. Starting off on the back, he had two bogeys in the first five holes before bouncing back with two birdies on #15 and #17. He then birdied #5, #6 and #9 to sit atop the leaderboard with Woods.
Both Woods and Hoge are trying to become the first player to win in their first Wyndham Championship appearance since Brandt Snedeker in 2007. In his career, Tiger has won six tournaments in his first start. Hoge is looking for his first career victory.
If Woods wins, he will be the second player to complete the North Carolina Career Slam. He won the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C. Joey Sindelar won the Wyndham Championship in 1985 and the Wells Fargo Championship in 2004.
Woods is looking for his 80th victory on tour and chasing Sam Snead’s career record of 82. Snead claimed his final tour win at the 1965 Wyndham Championship (then called the Greater Greensboro Open).
Davis Love III (-10, 130) shot a second round 66 to go with his opening round 64. The 1992 and 2006 Wyndham Championship winner, going off the back, recorded five birdies and a bogey before parring his last ten holes into the clubhouse. This is just the third time in 21 appearances that Love has recorded two sub-70 rounds prior to the weekend. He did it in 2012 when he finished T10, and in 2006 when he won the Sam Snead Trophy. He is also trying to be the second player over 50 to win the Wyndham Championship, joining Sam Snead, who accomplished the feat 50 years ago. He would also become the second player, with Snead, to be a three-time champion.
Chad Campbell (-10, 130) fired a second round 65 to follow up his opening round 65. He posted two birdies and a bogey on the back nine before making the turn. Then on #2, he birdied four of his next six holes. A four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, he is looking for his first win since the 2007 Viking Classic. His best finish this season has been T8, which he did twice. At the Wyndham Championship, he finished T3 in 2002 and T4 in 2012, but has missed the cut the past two years.
Brandt Snedeker (-9, 131) tied the tournament record for low round, and his career low, firing a -9, 61. Starting on the backside, the 2007 champion birdied five of his first seven holes, and added four more on the front, including his last two holes. He is trying to become the ninth two-time champion in tournament history, and the first since Love in 2006. The round of 61 matched the record held by four other players; Tim Herron (2nd round, 2012), Arjun Atwal (1st round, 2010), Kevin Na (3rd round, 2010) and Carl Pettersson (2nd round, 2007). He has shot 61 twice before on the PGA TOUR, most recently at the 2011 The Barclays.
Carl Pettersson, the 2008 Wyndham Championship winner and NC State graduate, has notched four Top-5 finishes in the last seven years in Greensboro. He is currently T5.
The field was cut to 70 players at -3, 137.
Since 1976, 16 second-round leaders have gone on to win the Wyndham Championship, and four in the last seven years. The last was Patrick Reed in 2013.
There have been eight wire-to-wire winners of the Wyndham Championship, but only three in the last 39 years. The last was Arjun Atwal in 2010, who had shared the second round lead. The last wire-to-wire winner without a share was Jesper Parnevik in 1999.
Former Wyndham Championship winners on the leaderboard
2006 Davis Love III T3 -10
2008 Carl Petterson T5 -9
2007 Brandt Snedeker T5 -9
2011 Webb Simpson T22 -6
2014 Camilo Villegas T32 -5
2009 Ryan Moore T32 -5
2005 K.J. Choi T52 -3
2010 Arjun Atwal Cut E