After 36 holes, JB Holmes had set out on course to remain at the top of the game.

He however made a mess of the final hole and double bogeyed the 12th, thus running up an ugly triple bogey seven which saw him slip to seven under.

The 10 out of the remaining 16 players on the field at Albany went on to break 70 on a second day that could be described as a high quality one. This came on the heels of a low score from Woods.

At the third position, sit the duo of Matt Kuchar and Oosthuizen. Bubba Watson, the defending champion was able to propel himself into fifth place, after he scored a sparkling nine under 63 – the day’s low round.

At both the third and sixth holes, Watson rolled in eagle putts and a third birdie at the ninth, which took him to the turn in just 29 blows. At the long 11th however, he came close to another eagle.

However, he came off with a rare error at the 12th but was able to get back on track with birdies at 14 and 16, thus propelling him to three shots within the lead on nine under.

Brandt Snedeker cruised home in 33 to return a 64 after making three birdies straight in a row twice on the front nine.

JB Holmes birdies at the third and fifth were quickly followed by a chip-in for eagle at the sixth, thus taking him up to 12 under.

However, to splash out a hazard at the 12th, the Ryder Cup star needed two attempts as he went barefoot in order to try and splash his ball out of water and mud.

He went on to offset a birdie at the 15 with a bogey at 16 before he found his way through to the final fairway.