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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 08/05/2011

Tiger Woods stays the course as others move up in second round of Bridgestone Invitational


Tiger Woods at 13. (MATT SULLIVAN / REUTERS)

Updated at 1:55 p.m.

Tiger Woods finished an up-and-down day — four birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey — at 1-over par and is 1-under after the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

One thing is certain, Woods is playing pain-free. How great is that, he was asked. “You have no idea.”

Adam Scott, Ryan Moore and Rickie Fowler (eight birdies and an eagle today) share the lead in the clubhouse at 8-under. Scott was even for the day; Moore was 4-under and Fowler 6-under.

Among the golfers with afternoon tee times: Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy.

Updated at 1:15 p.m.

Despite a double-bogey at No. 6, Tiger Woods is at 1-under through 16. Meanwhile, at the tippy-top of the leaderboard, Ryan Moore and Rickie Fowler are clubhouse leaders at 8-under. Moore was 4-under today, Fowler 6-under. First-round leader Adam Scott, who’s still on the course with two holes to play, also is at 8-under.

Updated at 12:39

Hey, kids, wave as you go past Tiger Woods.

All around him, golfers are moving up the leaderboard in the second round of the Bridgestone Invitiational. With a bogey at No. 4 (he started the day on the back nine), Woods is 1-over par for the day, 1-under for the tournament.

First-round leader Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler are atop the leaderboard at 9-under for the tourney; Ryan Moore is at 8-under Martin Laird and Jason Day are at 7-under.

Filed at 11:58 a.m.

Through 12 holes at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational today, the word on Tiger Woods’ performance is the same as it was in the first round Thursday: consistent.

After carding a 2-under 68 in the first round, Woods is even, with two bogeys offset by two birdies. He trails the leaders, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler, by seven strokes. Scott is 1-under through 11 holes today and Fowler 7-under through 15.

Scott teed off shortly after Woods again today and, although Woods’ long-time caddie Steve Williams now works for him, Scott said there was no awkwardness.

“I saw [Woods] him at Aronimink [during the AT&T National], but I had no idea that it was going down like that,” Scott said of the weekend in which Woods fired Williams. “I haven’t seen him yet. I don’t think it should be awkward. This kind of thing happens on tour. It happens a lot every year with everyone, and just because it’s Tiger and Steve, I’m not going to treat it like it’s anything different than anyone else going through this. I hope it’s not going to be awkward,” he said. “I don’t have a problem, but if he has a problem, then he can definitely tell me.”

Williams has been blunt with Scott. “He’s been very honest with me what he thinks of my game,” Scott said. “He thinks I can be as good a player as I want to be, but he’s adamant that you’ve got to put the work in, and I think he sees that I am putting in the work.”

Retribution may be a factor, but it isn’t something Scott says Williams is talking about.

“He just wants to get me going, wants to get me playing like this more often,” Scott said. “Yeah, I’m sure he feels good about today.”

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