How it happened: Woods fires 68, two shots back

Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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NORTON, Mass. -- It wasn't as pretty or as loud as his 7-under 64 on Friday, but Tiger Woods' 3-under 68 on Saturday has him two shots back of Rory McIlroy heading into the final two rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Woods opened his round with birdies on his first two holes and mixed in three more on Nos. 6, 14 and 17.

Woods is tied with Ryan Moore at 10 under, with Louis Oosthuizen at 11 under, with all four chasing McIlroy at 12 under.

See how it all unfolded on Saturday:

• • •

No. 18, par 5, 530 yards

Tiger is now just two off Rory McIlroy's lead and can make a run at this green in two. D.A. Points made a tap-in eagle here about 30 minutes ago.

Off the tee: Despite saying he wouldn't take driver at the 18th hole, Tiger chooses to take the big stick here. He tries to fade the ball, but finds the rough on the left, but could potentially still go after the green depending on his lie.

Second shot: With no real chance to get to the green, Tiger just simply lays up and will have wedge into the green to try and grab a late birdie.

Approach shot: With 105 yards left, Tiger comes up about two yards short of the green and it funnels back down a hill. He'll need to get up-and-down to save par. He'd need to chip in to get into a pairing with Rory McIlroy on Sunday.

Around the green: Tiger plays a dangerous flop and pulls it off, leaving himself about 2 feet for par.

On the green: He taps that par save in to polish up a 3-under 68 that leaves him two shots off the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson chips in for eagle at No. 18 to finish at 7 under for the tournament, firing a 3-under 68.

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No. 17, par 4, 421 yards

Tiger could use a strong finish here to try and get into the final or penultimate pairing for Sunday's third round. He is currently in a six-way tie for fourth place.

Off the tee: Tiger ropes a long iron up the right side of the fairway, letting the slope take it into wedge or 9-iron territory for his approach.

Approach shot: With the American flag that is atop the 17th pin waving very lightly, Tiger takes dead aim at it and hits near pin-high and spins it back to about 15 feet under the hole for birdie.

On the green: Tiger puts just enough pace on his birdie attempt to get it to the hole and it drops for a birdie and he is two off the lead. A simple wave to the crowd as he walked to pick up his ball.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: After being near greenside in two at the par-5 7th, a poor chip and putt led Louis Oosthuizen to a simple par and he stays at 11 under, one shot off the lead.

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No. 16, par 3, 161 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 16: There is a lot of box-seat, stadium-style viewing here around this petite par 3 over water to one of the smallest greens on the course.

Off the tee: With 8-iron in hand, Tiger stares his tee shot down and he puts it about 8 feet beyond the hole. Another great look at birdie.

On the green: Tiger can't believe this one didn't drop, staring and talking to himself after the birdie try skirts to the right. He didn't see that late movement. Another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: The cut line has indeed moved back to 2 over, and 77 players would make the final two days at this moment, including Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar.

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No. 15, par 4, 421 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 15: The trick is to draw the player into the tightest corner of the fairway, deep on the left side, for a perfect angle and view into the green with a short iron – at the risk of running aground amidst sand off the tee.

Off the tee: Tiger doesn't need to use driver here, so he opts for 3-wood and smacks it up the right side of the fairway.

Approach shot: With only 140 yards left to the hole on the left, Tiger immediately starts leaning left after hitting his shot, but it lands in the middle of the green and he'll have more than 30 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger nearly makes it two in a row, missing about 6 inches to the right and he taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Charl Schwartzel finishes the day with a par at the par-5 18th to get into the clubhouse at 9 under, three off the lead. D.A. Points eagles the 18th to finish at 9 under as well.

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No. 14, par 4, 495 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 14: The idea here is pretty simple on this long, graceful left-turning hole. Just hit the left side of the fairway for an ideal line with a middle iron in to the green. Tug it a bit and the ball will wind up in a nightmarish pile of rocks, mounds and deep fescue.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver again and smashes it down the middle of the fairway, just missing settling in a divot.

Approach shot: With only 160 yards left into the green after a 335-yard drive, Tiger tries to the let the wind push the ball from left to right and he puts it on the green, but will have 30 feet from under the hole for birdie.

On the green: And Tiger finally gets one to fall, using Brandt Snedeker's miss from the same area to advantage, playing perfect speed and break. As Tiger walks off the green, Brandt Snedeker smiles and mouths, "You're welcome." It's Tiger's first birdie since No. 6.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 13, par 4, 451 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 13: A hole that looks tougher from the tee than it plays for these guys. Of course, it helps if you regularly carry your drive more than 260 yards, which they all do.

Off the tee: Tiger's tee ball heads up the left side and just finds the left intermediate cut of rough, but will have only 170 yards into the green.

Approach shot: Tiger doesn't initially like his second shot, but it winds up being beautiful, hitting just over a greenside bunker and leaving himself about 15 feet for another birdie look.

On the green: Tiger really needs one of these birdie attempts to drop - he hasn't birdied since No. 6 - but he can't get this one to go, not playing enough break to the right and he picks up another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Louis Oosthuizen chipped in for eagle at the par-4 4th hole to move to 11 under, now one shot off Rory McIlroy's lead. Charl Schwartzel birdies the 17th hole to move to 9 under.

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No. 12, par 4, 461 yards

That was a poor bogey from Tiger at No. 11, with shades of the Barclays showing up with the three-putt. This coming after two birdie misses inside 11 feet at Nos. 9 and 10.

Off the tee: Tiger hammers a fairway wood up the left side of the fairway, quickly picking up his tee as the ball continued to simply run down the slope in the fairway.

Approach shot: With only 145 yards left into the green (yes, a 315-yard tee ball with 3-wood), Tiger comes up about 6 inches short of the green, but will be able to putt to the hole on the left.

Around the green: Tiger probably should have used a bigger club getting into the green, leaving himself about 35 feet into the hole. Much better putt here and he misses about an inch to the left and he taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Charl Schwartzel is now 8 under for the tournament after a birdie at No. 15, while Louis Oosthuizen is now at 9 under after a birdie at No. 3. Jeff Overton birdies No. 2 to get to 9 under as well.

• • •

No. 11, par 3, 231 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 11: Stepping onto this tee is like going from Motel 6 to the Grand Hotel. Wow! It's dramatic in the extreme, thanks to a green sitting 20 feet above the tee, protected by a massive rift of sand that makes going for the right side (if the hole is cut there) pretty scary. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: The 11th hole is playing as the second-toughest on the course (the pin is in the back left corner), and Tiger uses 5-iron to get it on the green, but he doesn't like the shot at all, leaving himself about 55 feet from the right of the hole.

On the green: Tiger hits his long birdie putt and just doesn't hit it firm enough, leaving himself about 7 feet to save par. Tiger blows his par putt about 3 feet past and makes bogey. Three poor holes in a row with the putter, including this first three-putt of the week.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Charley Hoffman misses a prime eagle opportunity on the 18th hole, but taps in for birdie to get to 8 under for the tournament. Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell has battled back to get under the cut line at 1 over, and Matt Kuchar and Keegan Bradley could e sticking around at 2 over if one more player falls back from 1 over (there are 71 players at 1 over or better, with top 70 and ties making cut). Bubba Watson is struggling mightily, sitting at 2 over for the day and 6 over for the tournament with only seven holes to play.

• • •

No. 10, par 4, 425 yards

Tiger makes the turn with a 2-under 34 front, moving to within three shots of Rory McIlroy. From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 10: An unremarkable opening to an otherwise compelling nine, thanks to a straightaway landing area with no angles or hazards and a contour mowing pattern on the sides left over from Myrtle Beach.

Off the tee: With fairway wood, Tiger plays a low stinger and runs it up the right side of the fairway. Another fairway hit. He has missed only one on Saturday.

Approach shot: With the pin tucked on the left, Tiger has about 160 yards into the green and Tiger flights another beautiful shot to pin-high and about 10 feet to the right. Another great birdie look.

On the green: Tiger is frustrated after this one, sliding it by on the left and settling for a par. That one was a definite birdie hole after his two great shots to get into the green.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Meanwhile, both D.A. Points and Charl Schwartzel are at 7 under behind 4-under rounds thru 13 holes.

• • •

No. 9, par 4, 472 yards

Tiger arrives at the site of his only bogey on Friday, with the 9th hole playing as the fifth most difficult hole on the course.

Off the tee: Another twirl here, as he just pummels the ball right up the throat of the fairway with driver. Huge drive.

Approach shot: Tiger is getting more dialed in as the day moves on, hitting a beautiful second shot that hit below the hole and ran out to about 8 feet behind the hole.

On the green: Facing a delicate left-to-right putt, Tiger leaves it too high and he taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Charley Hoffman is now at 7 under after a trio of birdies on his opening nine.

• • •

No. 8, par 3, 213 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 8: A lovely not-so-little platform green with a run-up ramp on the far side of a marsh, with bunkers set at 4 o’clock and 7 o’clock and a hollow around the back. It’s very much in the style of Seth Raynor and makes for a simple but effective presentation.

Off the tee: After watching Brandt Snedeker send his ball into a bunker, Tiger plays this shot safe and into the middle of the green, about 50 feet under the hole.

On the green: The putt had eyes for the hole coming over a ridge in the middle of the green, but runs by on the left and he taps in for a nice two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: With a birdie at No. 16, Louis Oosthuizen has moved to 8 under and four off Rory McIlroy's lead.

• • •

No. 7, par 5, 600 yards

That was a fantastic birdie from Tiger at No. 6, really coming to fruition because he took his time in the fairway to study the wind and choose the right club.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver here again and rips one, but it overcooks it slightly, coming to rest in the left rough, his first missed fairway of the day. He likely will not be able to get after the green from the rough.

Second shot: Tiger takes the chance and takes fairway wood and rips it up the left side, but has to yell "Fore!" and the gallery scurries around greenside. He doesn't look too upset about the shot.

Third shot: After getting relief from the cart path, Tiger has a little less than 60 yards to the hole and plays a great shot to the front right pin, leaving himself about 10 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger nearly makes an improbable birdie, but hits the left edge and taps in for a par. He thought he had that one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 6, par 4, 465 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on NO. 6: Straightaway, and perhaps the least compelling hole on the layout, defined only by a green tipped right-to-left toward a pond and with a very tough hole location in the front left. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: Tiger takes out driver and smokes another one, sending it up the left side almost 315 yards down the fairway. Will have only 150 yards into the green.

Approach shot: Tiger has long talks in the fairway with caddie Joe LaCava due to some wind changes and decides to switch clubs. And then switches again. And he chose the right one, leaving it about 4 feet under the hole.

On the green: Easy birdie here to get back to 9 under as he heads to another par 5.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Of the top 10, only four are still on the course, with Tiger and Jeff Overton at 8 under and Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen at 7 under. Schwartzel has the low round of the afternoon going, going 4 under thru nine holes.

• • •

No. 5, par 4, 466 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 5: Here and throughout the course, the width and angles of play effectively mask the relative absence of elevation change of site. The drive must carry 260 yards over a well-placed fairway bunker right center that defines the ideal line of approach.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver here and just hammers it, giving the club his a twirl, bends down to pick up his tee and watches the ball split the fairway. Beautiful drive.

Approach shot: With just over 155 yards left and the pin tucked on the front left, Tiger takes plays a little draw into the green and it hits just in front of the green and rolls to pin high and about 18 feet to the right.

On the green: Tiger puts perfect pace on the putt, but it settles about an inch behind the hole and he taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ian Poulter picks up a birdie at the par-5 7th to get to 6 under, six shots off the lead. The current cut line is hovering around 1 over and Matt Kuchar (2 over), Keegan Bradley (2 over), Ben Crane (2 over), Graeme McDowell (4 over) and Bubba Watson (5 over) are all on the outside looking in.

• • •

No. 4, par 4, 298 yards

That was only Tiger's second bogey of the tournament through 21 holes. He can now set eyes on the drivable par 4, although the wind could factor into risk-taking here.

Off the tee: Only one player has held the green off the tee today, so the back left pin location is obviously dangerous here. Tiger takes less than driver here and pops it up, taking way too much of a divot and finds a bunker well short of the green. He disliked it immediately, simply coming off the ball.

Approach shot: With 60 yards remaining into the flag, Tiger goes from bunker to bunker and is now greenside and will need to get up-and-down for par.

Around the green: Tiger plays a great third shot, getting his bunker shot to about 3 feet to try and save par.

On the green: He drains the short putt, but made a birdie hole look way too difficult.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jeff Overton picked up a birdie at No. 11 to get to 8 under. Overton fired a 7-under 64 on Friday.

• • •

No. 3, par 3, 208 yards

Tiger is now 4 under on the opening two holes over the first two days at TPC Boston, really making the 2nd hole look easy.

Off the tee: The pin is tucked right above the bunker that fronts the green on the right, but Tiger still challenges it and loses this time, putting his tee ball into the sand on the far right.

Around the green: With an awkward stance in the bunker, Tiger has to hack at it and manages to get it to less than 10 feet above the hole to save par.

On the green: He can't make the save here, missing his putt to the left and he taps in for a bogey to fall four shots off the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Louis Oosthuizen is hot early, going 3 under thru his first three holes to get to 8 under overall.

• • •

No. 2, par 5, 542 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 2: One reason the Tour pros like this course is because it occasionally gives them a chance to bomb away and gain an advantage. All it takes off the tee here is to favor the left side, ideally with a fade, to get it beyond a diagonal array of two key bunkers on the right, 270-310 yards out.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver here and rips it into the fairway, setting up a prime opportunity to get after the green in two.

Second shot: The pin is in the middle left and water fronts this green, Tiger hits a dart into a wind that is starting to kick up and hits the front of the green, where he'll have a putt for eagle.

On the green: From just over 35 feet to the right of the flag, Tiger doesn't hit his eagle try quite hard enough and leaves himself 4 feet for birdie. He makes the birdie try with ease for back-to-back birdies to start the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy is in the clubhouse at 12 under, carding his second consecutive 6-under 65 to take a two-shot lead over Ryan Moore. Jason Dufner also finishes his round, moving to 9 under behind a 5-under 66. Charl Schwartzel is the hottest player on the course right now, going 4 under over his first five holes to get to 7 under overall.

• • •

No. 1, par 4, 365 yards

Tiger is wearing a blue top and dark slacks as he attempts to run down Rory McIlroy, who made a big morning move and is at 12 under, two shots clear of Ryan Moore. McIlroy is playing his 18th hole of the day.

Off the tee: With temperatures hovering around 75 degrees, Tiger hammers a 3-wood right down the middle of the fairway and he'll be able to attack at this short par 4.

Approach shot: His tee ball trickled a bit right, but he is still in the short grass and has only 80 yards to the front pin location. Tiger plays a great shot into the green, leaving himself about 5 feet to the right of the hole.

On the green: One hole, one putt. A birdie to start the day for Tiger and he moves to within four shots of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: With only one hole to play, Jason Dufner moves to 9 under behind a birdie at No. 8 to get to within three shots of the current lead. Charl Schwartzel is 3 under thru four holes on Saturday to get to 6 under overall.

• • •

Updated #5: 12:53 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson has moved into the top 10, getting to 6 under with six birdies and three bogeys on Saturday at TPC Boston.

Ryan Moore is in the clubhouse at 10 under after a 3-under 68 on Saturday, while Seung-Yul Noh fires an even-par 71 to move to the third round at 9 under.

Rory McIlroy remains at 12 under, but he is playing the par-5 7th hole and could be looking to expand on his two-shot lead.

• • •

Updated #4: 12:29 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy now has a two-shot advantage over Ryan Moore, with overnight leader Seung-Yul Noh picking up double-bogey at the par-3 8th hole to fall back 9 under (even on the day). Jason Dufner has also moved to 8 under with four holes to play.

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Updated #3: 12:21 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy has yet to record a simple par on his final nine holes of the day, picking up birdie at the 5th hole to take the outright lead at 12 under. He has three birdies and two bogeys on his final nine.

• • •

Updated #2: 12:17 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy has joined Seung-Yul Noh at 11 under to lead by one shot. McIlroy has five birdies and an eagle on Saturday, with the latest birdie coming at the par-4 4th hole, stopping a bogey-bogey spurt, including the par-5 2nd hole.

• • •

Updated #1: 12:05 p.m. EDT

There are plenty of early stories on the course, including Seung-Yul Noh maintaining his lead, moving to 11 under with an eagle at the par-4 4th hole. He is one shot ahead of Ryan Moore and Rory McIlroy, with McIlroy 4 under on his round.

Jason Dufner - who took last week off - has moved to 7 under overall to move into a tie with Tiger and Jeff Overton.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the leaderboard, some big names are in danger of not making the cut, including Matt Kuchar (2 over), Graeme McDowell (3 over), Keegan Bradley (4 over), Bubba Watson (4 over) and Vijay Singh (2 over).

• • •

Notes: Seung-Yul Noh holds first PGA Tour lead of his career

Sean Foley's students had a nice day on Friday, with Tiger Woods first posting a 7-under 64, only to be outdone by Korean Seung-Yul Noh's 9-under 62. Notebook.

• • •

Overton gets his putter going as he fights for his FedEx Cup life

Jeff Overton has experienced an exasperating 2012 season, but a 7-under 64 behind better putting on Friday might be just what he needed for the FedEx Cup race. Story.

• • •

Tiger Woods' 64 reminds the world of what he can still do

Tiger Woods once was unbeatable. But in recent years, he has become mortal but still shows flashes of brilliance that separate him from everyone. Friday was one of those days. Story.

• • •

How it happened: Tiger Woods fires 7-under 64

Tiger Woods fired a 7-under 64 - including six consecutive birdies - to end the round tied for the early lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship. See how it happened.

• • •

TPC Boston's 18th green becomes a newer, tougher closing hole

Webb Simpson won the Deutsche Bank Championship with his work on the 18th green in 2011. He barely even recognized the green when practicing on it on Thursday. Story.

• • •

FedEx Playoffs: First-round tee times at Deutsche Bank

A look at the tee times for Friday's first round at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of four FedEx Cup playoff events. Tee times.

• • •

Deutsche Bank: Klein's hole-by-hole analysis of TPC Boston

No course on the PGA Tour during the past decade has transformed itself more convincingly than TPC Boston. Story.

• • •

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Dufner, Snedeker are favorites in Boston

The field at the Deutsche Bank Championship is chock full of stars, but our panel thinks it will come down to Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker. Predictions.

• • •

Notes: Padraig Harrington 'can't argue' with Ryder Cup picks

Padraig Harrington wanted to make the Ryder Cup, but handled his fate with class, even talking up the struggling Martin Kaymer. Notebook

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