THE GUY in a red shirt put on quite a show yesterday in the Hero World Challenge to get into contention.
That was Patrick Reed - and Tiger Woods watched it all.
Reed, playing alongside Woods at Isleworth, in Windermere, Fla., was 8-under-par through 10 holes and wound up with a 9-under 63 in the second round, which was delayed 90 minutes by heavy rain.
Jordan Spieth is in the lead at 11-under, but has not finished the round. He chose not to finish in darkness, mainly because he had a tough chip short of the 18th green and couldn't see the flag from 30 feet away.
Reed was another shot back, along with Justin Rose.
"I never played with Tiger before, besides a practice round at the British," Reed said. "It was good to finally be able to play with him, especially in competition. It was a lot of fun. We had a good time. I felt like we enjoyed ourselves out there, and luckily I played well."
Woods was better that his opening 77, except for a sour ending because of another flubbed chip. Woods was making progress toward his goal of getting back to even par for the tournament. He hit a 5-iron out of the rough to 4 feet for eagle on the par-5 13th, followed with a flip wedge into 3 feet for birdie on the 14th, and he hit another wedge to 5 feet for birdie on the 16th.
But after the rain, Woods had mud on his ball in the fairway and could only smile as it sailed left and long of the green. What followed was another bad chip, which traveled only about 10 feet. He wound up with a double bogey for a 70. He remained in last place, 14 shots behind Spieth.
"It's not very good," Woods said of his short game.
Woods is playing for the first time since Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He took nearly 4 months off to strengthen his muscle structure. During the time away, he hired a new swing coach.
In another tournament
* At Sun City, South Africa, Luke Donald held a two-stroke lead over Ross Fisher after two rounds of the European PGA Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge, on a day he was nearly run into by a charging baboon. Gary Player Country Club is nestled in the wilderness of northern South Africa, and a large baboon came running toward Donald as he made his way to his ball. Donald was warned by playing partner Shane Lowry, quickly dodged out of the way and the baboon kept going.