ORLANDO, Florida - Tiger Woods served notice that he has regained top form with the Masters less than two weeks away, grabbing the clubhouse lead on Friday at the PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The 14-time major champion fired seven birdies in a bogey-free second round of seven-under 65 to finish 36 holes on 10-under 134.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and American Jason Dufner shared second on 135, also in the clubhouse.
And Woods didn't even think he played that well on the same Bay Hill course where he has won six prior US PGA titles.
"I putted well. I didn't feel like I hit it all that good," Woods said. "My misses are better, I just played smart all day."
Woods produced his lowest score after 36 holes since the US PGA Buick Open in July of 2009 and did it in his final event before the Masters starts on April 5.
What remains for the former world No.1 to accomplish, however, is putting together two more great rounds on the weekend and snap his current losing streak in tour-sanctioned events that began in November of 2009.
Woods could own a 36-hole PGA lead for the first time since the 2009 Tour Championship, when he finished second to Phil Mickelson, and he made 18 greens in a row in regulation at an event for the first time since the 2007 US Open.
Woods has won 33 times in 41 events where he has led or shared the lead after 36 holes.