Tiger Woods happy with his game as he moves into contention in Turkey
Tiger Woods is looking forward to a weekend charge after closing on the lead halfway through the Turkish Airlines Open.
Last Updated: 08/11/13 3:42pm
Woods produced one of his best rounds of an excellent 2013 season with nine birdies in a bogey-free 63 to finish on 11-under.
That was enough to see him move within a shot of leading quartet Justin Walters, Victor Dubuisson, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson, but Woods knows he will need plenty more birdies if he is to win the 850,000 euro first prize.
"I played a lot better and made some putts," said the world No 1, who lay in a lowly 52nd place after an opening 70.
"I missed some too, so it was a round that could have been really special but I'm right there.
"We're going to have to continue going low here given the way the course is set up. The greens are slow, the greens are soft and I expect guys to make a lot of birdies - it's so bunched up there. I've just got to go get it."
Stenson and Poulter being at the top of the leaderboard added a little more interest, given their bet about who would finish higher on the end of season European Tour standings.
The Swede offered Poulter odds of 10/1 and the affable Englishman said: "I told him I was going to chase him down. He was so far in front, he said he'd like to put a little bet on it, but I said I need some odds so he gave me 10s.
"I had a little hundred bucks, but I also said 'look, if I manage to catch you, we will have a nice night out and you have to pour my drinks for the evening'.
"A thousand bucks isn't really an issue for him, but pouring my drinks might be an issue for him."