Nick Watney charged to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard with an impressive 8-under 64 in the second round, while former world No 1 Tiger Woods failed to make the cut.
Watney’s superb 64 included seven birdies, an eagle at the par-five 15th and a just one bogey.
“I played great, I hit the ball probably the best I have all year,” Watney said after posting a 12-under total of 132 to finish one ahead of compatriot Webb Simpson (68).
“This was just really, really good ball striking. I hit a bunch of shots close. I putted well, and I’m very, very pleased. But we’re only halfway done, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend.”
A visibly frustrated Woods missed the cut for only the eighth time in his career on the PGA Tour after shooting 73 in the second round.
“The entire week I didn’t play the par-fives well,” Woods said.
“You just can’t do that, especially when all of them are reachable with irons. I didn’t take care of the par-fives, missed a couple of other little short ones for birdie and consequently got no momentum during the round.”
“(Tiger’s swing problems) all has to do with my setup. If I get over the golf ball and I feel uncomfortable, I hit it great.
“It’s just that I get out there and I want to get comfortable, and I follow my old stuff, and I hit it awful.”
Webb Simpson is in second place, one shot behind Watney after carding a 68.
Former British Open champion Stewart Cink carded a 69 to sit two shots off the pace on 10-under with Ben Crane (64), DA Points (68) and Australian John Senden (68).
US Open champion Rory McIlroy is six shots off the pace thanks to a second round 68 to go with his 70 on the first day.
“I haven’t felt like I’ve had anything near my best the last couple days, but I’ve been able to get it around,” the Northern Irish world No 2 said.
“To be six-under through two rounds is pretty good, considering the way I’ve hit the ball.”
World No 3 Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson flirted with the cutline as playing conditions got tougher in the afternoon and eventually qualified for the weekend rounds on the number.
The cut fell at 1-under with former major winners Angel Cabrera, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, defending champion Lucas Glover and last year’s PGA champion Keegan Bradley the biggest names to miss the cut.