Caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan picked the club and fixed the ball mark. Jim Furyk took care of the rest.
The 2003 U.S. Open champion holed out from 153 yards for an eagle-2 on the eighth hole -- his 17th yesterday -- and finished with a par for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay after the second round of the Barclays Classic in Harrison, N.Y.
"I was between 9-iron and 8-iron," Furyk said. "I wanted to hit the 9, but my caddie talked me out of it. After he told me what he thought the wind was doing and described the shot, I thought he was right."
The nine-time PGA Tour winner, fully recovered from a wrist injury that sidelined him for most of the first half of last season, had an 8-under 134 total on the hilly, tree-lined Westchester Country Club course. He took a three-stroke lead into his morning round after opening with a 65 Thursday afternoon.
Gay birdied three of the last five holes for a 66 yesterday.
"I'm very pleased," said Gay, the only afternoon starter in the top eight. "It was very tough out there. The greens are really getting baked out."
Padraig Harrington (65), Len Mattiace (65), Kenny Perry (68), John Senden (67) and Hidemichi Tanaka (68) were tied for third at 6 under.
"I think they set the pins up brutal for the first two rounds," said Perry, a two-time winner this year. "I've never seen them set up this tough. They seem to be more on the edges. . . . It's a tough old girl. You got to watch what you're doing."
Kevin Sutherland (68) was four strokes back at 4 under, and Vijay Singh (71) and Tom Pernice Jr. (69) were 3 under.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Leonard Thompson shot a 66 at the par-72, 6,728-yard Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Mass., to take a one-stroke lead over Tom McKnight, Mark McNulty, Walter Hall and John Harris after the first round of the Bank of America Championship. Seven golfers were another stroke back at minus 4 -- including Dana Quigley, the tour's leading money earner.
* EUROPEAN TOUR: Eduardo Romero shot a course-record, 9-under-par 62 in the second of the French Open for a two-shot lead in Versailles, France.
* PGA: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., which held the 1991 Ryder Cup matches dubbed "The War at the Shore," was selected to host the PGA Championships in 2012.