GRAND BLANC, Mich., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods, with even his bad shots leading to success, turned in a 9-under 63 Friday that vaulted him four shots in front after two rounds of the Buick Open.
Woods, playing in his first regular PGA Tour event in 11 weeks, completed 36 holes at the Warwick Hills Country Club course in 14-under 130. Since playing The Memorial Tournament in May, Woods' only appearances have come at the U.S. Open and British Open.
"I stayed out of trouble," said Woods, who is seeking his 33rd PGA Tour title. "I hit the ball well and I made some putts, which was nice."
Tied for second at 134 were Scott Verplank, who will be one of Woods' teammates next month at the Ryder Cup, and J.J. Henry. The lead could have been larger. He missed four makeable birdie putts on the back nine, including an eight-footer at the 18th.
The round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 16th. Woods hit a tee shot to the right of the fairway, which drew an expletive from the world's No. 1 ranked player. But he was still able to slash a 2-iron out of the rough and onto the green, eight feet away.
Woods, whose run at an unprecedented Grand Slam ended last month at the British Open, is preparing for next week's PGA Championship at Hazeltine in Minnesota. He will try to become the first player ever to win three major titles in the same year twice.
"I'm swinging my middle irons good right now," Woods said. "If you can get the ball in play here, you can shoot good numbers."
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Defending PGA champion David Toms was among those at 136.