Tiger Woods signed up for his first Wyndham Championship knowing a victory would definitively keep his season from ending.
He's halfway there.
Woods shot a 5-under 65 on Friday and claimed a share the second-round lead with rookie Tom Hoge in Greensboro, N.C.
"I'm only at the halfway point," Woods said. "Only 36 holes. We've still got a long way to go."
Woods and Hoge, a graduate of TCU and Fargo (N.D.) South High School, were at 11-under 129. Hoge shot 67.
Woods put himself in prime position to contend for his first victory in more than two years, one that would send him into the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Woods followed his best round since 2013 — a first-day 64 — with one almost as good. He made his big move up the leaderboard on the back nine, with birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 and an eagle on the par-5 13th that gave him a share of the lead.
"I just couldn't get anything out of my rounds [before this tournament] and a couple lucky bounces here, take advantage of those opportunities — it's just the flow," Woods said.
Now he will spend Saturday playing with an unfamiliar rookie. When asked if he would recognize Hoge to see him, Woods responded: "No, I wouldn't. What is it, or him?"
"I look on the Champions Tour leaderboard and I know every one of those guys because I played against them and I played with them," Woods said. "Now I come out here, I don't really know a lot of people."
Davis Love III and Chad Campbell were a stroke back. Campbell shot 65, and the 51-year-old Love had 66. Brandt Snedeker matched the tournament record with a 61 that put him in a group of six players two strokes behind Woods and Hoge. Love, whose two wins in the tournament came across town at Forest Oaks Country Club, reeled off three straight birdies early in his round before closing with 10 straight pars.
Larry Mize birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke lead over Fred Couples and four others after the first round of the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash. Mize had a bogey-free round at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
The 1987 Masters champion won the 2010 Montreal Championship for his lone title on the 50-and-over tour. He hasn't had a top-10 finish in more than two years. "I've been working hard to get things turned around," he said. " I was optimistic I could have a good week."