Vijay Singh shot a 6-under 66 and leads the field at 13 under.
One day after dropping in nine birdies on a Crooked Stick course that has offered little resistance, Woods played a bogey-free round to finish with a 5-under 67.
McIlroy, who was tied for the lead after Round 1, was more erratic but produced a similar result. He began the day with consecutive birdies and made eagle on the par-5 ninth, but four bogeys on par-4 holes left him with a 4-under 68.
“He hits it great, putts it great and top of that, he’s just a really nice kid,” Woods said of his new best bud after Thursday’s opening round. “The game of golf is in great hands with him, and he’s here to stay.”
Both players look like they’ll be sticking around the top of the leader board this weekend as eight players head into Day 3 a 10-under par or better.
And when it’s all over, Woods and McIlroy can start filming their buddy comedy in which Woods refers to McIlroy as “kid” and teaches the young Irish lad how to handle the pressures of stardom. Or maybe it’ll be the other way around.