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Tiger Woods eagles 15th hole to tie Tom Hoge atop Wyndham leaderboard

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For the first time in more than two years, Tiger Woods is in the lead at a golf tournament.

He shares the top spot -- with a rookie pro, Tom Hoge -- but he sits atop the Wyndham Championship leaderboard nonetheless.

Woods, making what seemed an unlikely last-ditch effort to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, shot a 5-under-par 65 at Sedgefield Country Club to give himself what was once a familiar spot: a late-afternoon tee time, the last group of the day.

"These last couple of days have been nice," Woods said. "I've put the ball in the right spot, but also I've got a few nice bounces and lies here and there, and it's very close.''

For the seventh time in his career, Woods has opened a tournament with rounds of 65 or better; before the Wyndham, he most recently did it at the 2007 Tour Championship.

Following up on his opening-round 64, Woods moved into contention at the final regular-season PGA Tour event, needing no worse than a solo second-place finish to advance to the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin next week at the Barclays.

Ranked 286th in the world, Woods will be grouped with Hoge, 26, who has just two career top-10s and is ranked 315th.

Asked afterward if he knew who Hoge (pronounced Hoagie) is or if he would recognize him, Woods said: "No, I wouldn't. What is it, or him? I don't know."

Told it was the player he was tied with, Woods appeared flummoxed.

"I look on the Champions Tour leaderboard, and I know every one of those guys because I played against them and I played with them," said Woods. the former No. 1-ranked player in the world. "Now I come out here, I don't really know a lot of people."

Thursday marked the first time Woods has led after any round since he won the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Hoge has played 79 career rounds on the PGA Tour; Woods has 79 PGA Tour victories.

Woods made an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys in an afternoon round played before a boisterous group of spectators that pushed attendance to 30,000 for the day -- or capacity, according to tournament officials.

It was a 3-iron shot at the par-5 15th to 11 feet that set up an eagle putt that pushed Woods into a tie for the lead.

"I was trying to dump the ball in the center of the green and move on," Woods said. "But happened to chase it up on top, which was nice."

Woods said he got a read from Brooks Koepka's chip shot, and it "broke quite a bit at the end to my left, so I gave it probably another ball out to the right to make sure, and it went right in the center."

The eagle was just the third of the year for Woods, who shot his 10th round out of 30 in the 60s. It was the fourth time he has shot back-to-back scores in the 60s, but he has not put three in a row together.

Hoge, who opened the tournament with a 62, shot 67 to get to the clubhouse at 129, 11 under par.

"We'll see what it's like tomorrow," said Hoge, who had no idea at the time he would be paired with Woods. "Obviously a new position for me. First-time lead. I'm just trying to put four good rounds together here this week and see where it falls, trying to keep my [PGA Tour] card for next year and make the playoffs. See where it puts me."

Like Woods, Hoge is outside of the top 125 that qualifies a player for the FedEx Cup events, starting with next week's Barclays. But he is 131st and does not need a victory to advance. Woods is 187th and probably needs to win in order to advance; he can do no worse than a solo second.

Woods is playing just his 11th tournament of 2015 and had made just five cuts. His best finish was a tie for 17th at the Masters, and he missed the cut in the remaining three major championships.

"I think that I'm playing well enough," he said. "I'm getting a lot out of my rounds. I'm only at the halfway point, only 36 holes. We've still got a long way to go."

Davis Love III, 51, who hasn't won since 2008, shot 66 to finish a shot back at 130 along with Chad Campbell, who had shot consecutive 65s. Brandt Snedeker tied the Sedgefield course record with a 61 to finish at 131 and in a tie with Scott Brown, Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Carl Pettersson and Cameron Percy.

Snedeker finished his round with back-to-back birdies on the eighth and ninth holes, closing by sinking a 50-foot putt.

"I was trying to shoot 7 under in my mind, get back in the mix, and to shoot 9 [under] was definitely something I wasn't expecting on the range this morning, but great to get it," Snedeker said.

For some players, the priority was to earn enough points to qualify for the playoffs or keep their tour card for next year.

Luke Donald, at No. 124 on the points list, made the cut of 3 under. So did No. 129 Camilo Villegas -- the defending champion -- and No. 125 Charl Schwartzel.

For others, their bubbles burst: No. 131 Billy Hurley III, who came to Greensboro the day after his father's funeral in an attempt to secure his card, shot a 70 and missed the cut.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.