IN BRIEF Reed’s 66 puts him atop leaderboard in Nassau
A tropical breeze replaced the raging wind and made golf a lot easier for Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods and just about everyone else Thursday in the Hero World Challenge.
Reed took advantage of the back nine at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas, for the second straight day. He was tied for the lead until making six birdies over his last 10 holes for a 6-under 66 that gave him a three-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland.
“It’s one of those golf courses that when the wind lays down, it gives you opportunities to make birdies,” Reed said. “But when the wind starts blowing, the golf course can get really challenging. You need to give yourself as many opportunities as you can.”
Reed was at 12-under 132.
Woods, playing for the first time since he won in Japan for his record-tying 82nd career victory on the PGA Tour, kept a clean card to match Reed’s 66 and remain six shots behind. Unlike the opening round, when Woods started poorly and ended even worse to wipe out a good back nine, he played bogey-free and made up ground on the back nine.
■ Rookie Rasmus Hojgaard was among five players tied for the lead after the first round of the Mauritius Open. Hojgaard, 18, hit a 6-under 66, including an eagle on the par-5 seventh, for a share of the lead alongside Brandon Stone, Grant Forrest and French players Benjamin Hebert and Romain Langasque.
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