Gary Woodland, who shared the first round lead with Reed shot 69 after a hat-trick of birdies in last three holes. At nine-under, he slipped to second position on the leader board.

Defending champion Jon Rahm (66) and Swede Henrik Stenson (67), two of the three Europeans in this field of 18, shared the third spot at eight-under.

Tournament host Tiger Woods played the home stretch in five-under, with an eagle thrown in for the second day running. Woods was Tied-fifth with Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler at six-under.

Reed, who is playing with a new set of irons and a new putter this week, said, “It's one of those golf courses that when the wind lays down, it gives you opportunities to make birdies, but when the wind starts blowing, the golf course can get really challenging. It's just one of these days and one of these weeks that you need to give yourself as many opportunities as you can and play from the short grass because when you do, you can attack.”

On his score being better than the first day, Woods said, “I just think it was less windy. It was a little bit easier today. Scoring conditions were a little bit better. I didn't hit the ball as well as I would like starting out, missed a few greens. Other than No. 2, I missed every green in the correct spot, so I had easy chips and I had to make a couple. But I got it going on that back nine, which is nice.”

Woods missed fairways, missed greens and went into the bunker often on the front nine but still avoided bogeys to turn in one-under.

He found his game back on the nine with three birdies and an eagle in a six-hole stretch between 11thand 16th. The run began with a stunning eagle and he smashed a massive drive that caught the downslope and went further. He then followed it up with a perfect second shot inside five feet for an eagle putt, which he holed. There were three birdies too on 12th, 14thand 16th and a bogey free 66.
Rahm seeking a third win after his victory at Open de Espana and DP World Tour Championship, shot a bogey free 66. He has won three times this year and a win this week would make it the best year of his career. He was also European Tour’s ‘Golfer of the Year’ for 2019.

Reed, who has three Top-5s in his five starts at the Hero World Challenge, is 12-under 132. He tied the lowest 36-hole score in the event since it has moved to Albany in 2015 and now shares it with Dustin Johnson (2016), Hideki Matsuyama (2016) and Charley Hoffman (2017). Reed was runner-up at the Hero World Challenge in 2015 and has won each of the four times he has held the 36-hole lead.

Woods’ 66 is now the lowest score in the Hero World Challenge, since the 65 in second round in 2016. His bogey free round is one of the only two this week, the other coming from world No. 3, Jon Rahm of Spain, also in the second round.