Nick Watney hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge.
(Stephen Dunn / Getty Images / November 30, 2012)
Nick Watney maintained a slim lead midway through the second round of Tiger Woods' World Challenge on Friday, but Woods and several other players charged into contention.
Watney, the first-round leader, was six under par through eight holes at soggy Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, while Graeme McDowell and Bo Van Pelt were one shot behind.
Woods was two shots back at four under. So was Rickie Fowler, whose eagle on the par-five No. 2 hole and consecutive birdies at holes No. 9 through 11 left him five under on the round.
McDowell, a former U.S. Open winner who won the World Challenge in 2010 by defeating Woods in a playoff, shot a two-under 34 on the front nine holes amid an intermittent drizzle.
The 18-player tournament, which pays $1 million to the winner, benefits Woods' charities and Woods has won the event five times, including last year.
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