Date: August 04, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Senden eighth in Ohio

American Jim Furyk is the man to beat at the Bridgestone Invitational after taking a two-shot lead at the halfway point, while John Senden remains the best-placed Australian in a tie for eighth place. Furyk backed up his impressive 63 in the first round with a four-under-par 66 on Friday at the Firestone Country Club. Spaniard Rafael Cabrera Bello carded a 65 to move up into second place with former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen a further stroke back at eight under. American Jason Dufner is in outright fourth at seven under, one shot clear of South Korean KT Kim with David Toms and world No.1 Luke Donald still in the hunt at five under. Senden could only manage an even-par round of 70 to slide down to eighth place at four under, one shot clear of Geoff Ogilvy, who also shot a 70. Aaron Baddeley shot three consecutive birdies on the back nine to card an impressive 66 and move up to a tie for 40th at one under, while defending champion Adam Scott matched two birdies with two bogeys to be in a tie for 35th place. Marc Leishman (two over), Jason Day (five over), Greg Chalmers (six over) and Robert Allenby (12 over) are all well down the leaderboard and out of contention at the halfway stage. Furyk made a positive start to his round with two birdies inside six holes before his first and only blemish on the par-four 8th where he carded a bogey. He immediately responded with a birdie on the following hole before two more on his back nine to maintain his lead at the top. “I&aposm obviously happy to shoot 66 following up the 63,” said Furyk. “At times, you go out there and fire a low score one day, and it&aposs hard to follow it up the next and keep that momentum going. “But the fact that I did it in the afternoon yesterday, it&aposs kind of quick. You get a quick dinner, get to sleep, get right back out on the golf course in the morning. “So I was able to kind of keep that momentum, knocked in a couple good putts today and made some great saves actually, some good par saves to keep the round going.” Cabrera Bello carded two birdies in his final three holes to move up to nine under, while South African Oosthuizen picked up four shots in his last eight holes to ensure Furyk didn&apost have a greater lead going into the weekend. Seven-time champion Tiger Woods&apos hopes for an eighth title and return to the top of the rankings appear to be over after he carded a 72 to sit 13 shots off the pace in a tie for 44th. Click for LIVE SCORES