Woods in control at Cadillac Championship

Tiger Woods carded a second round 65 after opening with a 66 to be at 13-under-par and two strokes ahead of Graeme McDowell moving into the weekend at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Doral.

Woods’ scorecard featured 17 birdies through 36 holes – a record for him on the PGA Tour – as the world number two continued his authoritative play on a golf course he loves to play.

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“I feel comfortable with this layout and love to play it,” said Woods.

“I love this layout, even after the changes. Sure today I made a few mistakes, like on 14, but so be it. I am hitting the ball well and feel good about my swing.”

Woods, who has won this event six times and has won at Doral three times, took advice from fellow PGA Tour player, Steve Stricker, earlier in the week on his putting stroke and the results have followed.

Stricker is among the best putters in golf, and he has given advice to Woods when asked. So when Woods approached him on the putting green they worked together for about 45 minutes.

Whatever was exchanged between the two has obviously worked, with Woods’ flat stick on fire in the last two rounds.

“Whatever he says, I’m doing to do,” Woods said on Friday.

“He’s one of the best putters that’s ever lived. Steve just gave me a couple little things to talk about and, lo and behold, I started feeling just like I did at Torrey.”

Loaded with some of the game’s biggest names, the final 36 holes in Florida is shaping out to be a classic Sunday shootout.

Phil Mickelson fired a 67, making birdie from a foot on his final hole, to get to 10-under. He’s tied with Stricker, who fired a second consecutive 67.

Reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson came home with a 69 and is 9-under.

John Senden is the best of the Aussies in a tie for 10th position at 6-under.

Geoff Ogilvy, on the back of last week’s runner-up finish at the Honda Classic, is at 1-under and in a tie for 41st position.

Jason Day fired a second round 66 to jump twenty-nine places to be currently at 4-under and in a tie for 27th position.

Adam Scott is two further back at 2-under, with Marcus Fraser rounding out the Australians at 1-over and in a tie for 48th.

Rory McIlroy, the world No. 1, is not near the top of the leader board but he shot his first sub-par round of the season with a second round 69 after opening with a 73 to be at 2-under and in a share of 32nd position.

Even a win this week won’t have Woods overtake the Northern Irishman but it would put the 14-time major winner much closer towards retaining the top-position with the Masters a few week’s away.