Patrick Reed fired his second consecutive 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a three-shot lead over Gary Woodland after two rounds of the Hero World Challenge in New Providence, Bahamas.
Reed made six birdies over the final 10 holes during his second trip around Albany Golf Club. Overall, he had seven birdies and one bogey during a strong round that leaves him at 12-under 132.
Reed was one of many golfers who appreciated that the windy conditions during the opening round had calmed down.
"It's one of those golf courses that when the wind lays down, it gives you opportunities to make birdies," Reed told reporters. "But when the wind starts blowing, the golf course can get really challenging. You need to give yourself as many opportunities as you can."
Woodland finished with a flourish by sinking three straight birdies to move into second place. He had six overall along with three bogeys while shooting 69.
Woodland wasn't feeling so good about his round when he bogeyed holes 14 and 15 prior to the strong finish.
"It was huge. I needed that," Woodland said after the round. "Got me back in the golf tournament and gave me a chance for this week."
Sweden's Henrik Stenson (67 on Thursday) and Spain's Jon Rahm (66) are tied for third at 8-under 136.
Tiger Woods (66), Justin Thomas (69) and Rickie Fowler (69) are six shots back in a tie for fifth place.
Woods shot a bogey-free round to go with an eagle and four birdies.
Woods was feeling much better about his game one day after opening with an even-par 72.
His drives were crisp and his putting was strong. Woods said the minor knee surgery he underwent in August was a prime reason for why his game was in order.
"I can drive the ball a little better because I can rotate, and I can putt the ball better because I can get down and read putts again," Woods said after his round. "Toward the end of the (golf) year, I couldn't do that."
Woods' momentum picked up after his eagle on the par-3, 11th hole. He added three birdies over the next five holes.
Rahn, the defending champion, also had an eagle and four birdies during a bogey-free round.
The Hero World Challenge ends on Saturday to help with travel accommodations to Australia for players competing in next week's President's Cup.