U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and former Masters victor Charl Schwartzel each shot 63, which matches the lowest score in tournament history, one that had been shot 14 times.
And then Charl Schwartzel made it 16 players with his eight-birdie round of 63.
Lowry, whose best major finish was tied second at the US Open in 2016, holed a 24ft putt for birdie at the par-three third to get to five-under before two gains over the closing three holes put the polish on his round. Tiger will play 11 more holes Saturday morning to complete that round before playing the normal 18 holes of the third round.
Playing alongside Woods, Rory McIlroy also birdied the eighth after getting up and down from a greenside bunker, his first birdie since the fourth hole of his first round on Thursday.
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The four-time champion missed five-foot putts for par at the 10th and 12th but in between made birdie at the short par-four 11th and a tap-in birdie at the 17th saw him sit six shots adrift.
Woodland's 36-hole score broke the PGA record by one shot, most recently set by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb at Baltusrol.
The 42-year-old is a four-time victor of this event having won the title in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007. The previous was the 1980 U.S. Open won by Jack Nicklaus, who shot 63 in the first round at Baltusrol along with Tom Weiskopf. "Everyone is bunched. On top of that, if you hit the ball well enough, you'll leave yourself in the right sections. The key is to get the ball in the fairway and attack from there".
"I can live with that", he said Friday after a 4-under 66. "I feel like yesterday I played really well too and sometimes you just don't really score very well. but today I drove it beautifully". "If they were firm, I don't think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the places they're putting the flags".
"I'm in a lot better position than I was when I came out here this morning, which is great", Thomas said. If you're hitting it down in the fairway with the way the greens are designed, you can get the ball to about 15 feet on nearly every hole. "There's not a single putt out here that you're afraid of".
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