• WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Round Two

Furyk in control at Firestone

ESPN staff
August 3, 2012
Luke Donald continued his attempt to remain world No. 1 © PA Photos


Jim Furyk has control of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational heading into the weekend after firing a second round 66 to move to 11-under.

The American, still looking to bounce back after a heart-wrenching defeat at the US Open in June, built on his opening round of 63 with another solid day at Firestone Country Club, with his 11-under par total enough to put him two shots clear of Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Cabrera-Bello, hoping to force his way into Ryder Cup contention with a strong performance this week and at next week's US PGA Championship, enjoyed an encouraging round of 65 as he emerged as Furyk's closest challenger - one shot clear of Louis Oosthuizen and two ahead of Jason Dufner.

World No. 1 Luke Donald was unable to build on his four-under par opening round as he picked up just one more shot against par on Friday, although he remains in a tie for sixth alongside David Toms, with Kyung-tae Kim one shot better off at six-under.

Donald looks set to retain his place at the top of the rankings, however, as Tiger Woods again struggled to score on Friday. The American, who has won here so many times in the past, was again frustrated on the greens - shooting a sketchy back nine as he slipped back to two-over for the tournament following a round of 72.

"I hit it good, made nothing [on the greens]," Woods said. "I figured something out finally on the 17th hole, but too little, too late.

"I get in these little spells where it's hot or cold. Generally I was a decent putter over the years, but lately it's been very streaky, I'm making everything or I make nothing."

He added: "I had my lines good, but it's just setting my path out. I was trying to marry the two. I was trying to figure it out last night on the putting green.

"Yesterday was bad putts. Today I had good speed and just still not quite right. And the putts I did [hit] pure, they were just lipping out. So that's fine."

Among other notable names in the no-cut event, Rory McIlroy is three-under for the tournament, with Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson both level par.

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