Bart Bryant thought for a moment yesterday that he was capable of another 62. By the end of the second round at the Tour Championship, he settled for a 68 and was thankful to be tied for the lead with defending champion Retief Goosen.
Goosen sprayed tee shots all over the course but still managed to continue his mastery at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, hitting only four fairways but posting a 4-under-par 66 to erase a five-shot deficit.
Tiger Woods hit only three fairways -- one shot wound up in a tent full of ice for the concession stand -- but scratched out a 67 and was three shots back along with Ben Crane (65) and Scott Verplank (66).
Thanks to Bryant, the season-ending event for the top 30 on the money list is suddenly wide open.
"I started thinking about a 62 again," said Bryant, who set the course record in the first round. "I was able to right the ship at the end."
Bryant turned it around with a 30-foot eagle putt on the 15th, and Goosen, who is trying to become the first back-to-back winner in the event's 19-year history, caught him with a birdie on the 16th. They were at 10-under 130, the lowest 36-hole score at East Lake by three shots.
Tim Clark of South Africa shot 67 and was at 6-under 134, while Charles Howell III (68) and Stuart Appleby (65) were another shot behind.
* PGA TOUR: John Cook closed with four straight birdies for a 7-under 65 and shared the lead with five players after two rounds of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss.
Cook was at 10-under 134 after his second trip around Annandale Golf Club. The 11-time PGA Tour winner was tied with first-round leader Bob Tway (70), Kevin Na (68), Tag Ridings (66), Tom Pernice Jr. (68) and Jonathan Byrd (69).
* LPGA TOUR: Annika Sorenstam, bidding for a fifth straight victory at the Mizuno Classic in Otsu, Japan, opened with an 8-under 64 to finish the first round a stroke behind Young Kim.
Trying to break Laura Davies's LPGA Tour record for consecutive victories in an event, Sorenstam birdied seven of the first 10 holes and finished the bogey-free round with eight birdies. Davies won the Standard Register Ping from 1994-97.