THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Graeme McDowell has done a lot right this year, except for win. He now has one last chance to fix that.
McDowell, back at the course that has provided two big moments for his career, opened with three straight birdies Friday and finished strong for a 6-under 66 to take a three-shot lead in the World Challenge going into the weekend.
Bo Van Pelt had to save bogey on the last hole for a 68, leaving him tied for second with Keegan Bradley and Jim Furyk, who each had a 69. Tournament host and defending champion Tiger Woods was tied for the lead at one point on the back nine but had to settle for a 69. He was four shots behind.
McDowell hasn't won since this tournament in 2010.