Tiger in trouble as he faces missing the cut in North Carolina
23:34 GMT, 4 May 2012
Tiger Woods was in danger of missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday night, but Rory McIlroy’s hopes of winning back the world No 1 spot remained very much alive.
Woods shot a one-over 73, leaving him level for the tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. The cut looked like coming at one under when Woods finished, raising the prospect of an early exit.
The same could not be said for McIlroy. Chasing a top-seven finish to dethrone Luke Donald at the top of the rankings, he shaved four shots off par to be six under.
Missing out: Tiger Woods looks like he could miss the cut
The clubhouse leader was Nick Watney, who carded a 64 to be 12 under, despite dropping a shot on the 13th. Webb Simpson trailed him by one, with Stewart Cink and Ben Crane a further stroke down.
Former world No 1 Lee Westwood shot a level-par 72 to stand one under for the tournament.
Clubhouse leader: Nick Watney is out in front
Meanwhile, four birdies in the last six holes swept France’s Gregory Bourdy into the lead on the second day of the Spanish Open in Seville.
Joint 37th after an opening 73, Bourdy burst to five under par with a brilliant six-under 66 and took over the lead from American Shaun Micheel, who crashed to a 77.
That left Bourdy one shot ahead of English duo Simon Dyson and Robert Rock.