LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Amid plenty of wayward swings, Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott were steady as can be at the British Open.
And look who's lurking right behind them: a fist-pumping Tiger Woods.
Snedeker, a 31-year-old Tennessean who had never even made the cut in golf's oldest major, surged to the lead with another bogey-free round Friday, shooting a 6-under 64 that left him tied with Nick Faldo for the lowest 36-hole score in Open history.
Faldo posted a 130 total at Muirfield in 1992 -- the lowest halfway score in any major, for that matter -- on the way to the last of his three Open titles. Snedeker matched him with a 10-under showing over the first two days, and can only hope that come Sunday he'll be in the same position Faldo was two decades ago.
Holding the claret jug.
"I'm sure everybody in this room is in about as much shock as I am right now," Snedeker said after coming to the media center.
Scott teed off in the afternoon after tying the course record with a 64 on Thursday, a mark that Snedeker quickly matched again 24 hours later. The Aussie turned it up on the back side, making three birdies capped by a 10-footer at the tough finishing hole, leaving him at 67 for the day and 131 overall.
"It's kind of a culmination of everything I've done over the last couple of years," Scott said.
Woods, whose ex-caddie Steve Williams now works for Scott, had the crowd roaring late in the day, holing out from the bunker behind the 18th green for a closing birdie. He pumped his right fist and let out a yell
"I'm very pleased where I'm at," Woods said. "We're at the halfway point and I'm right there in the mix."
Stuck on 14 major championships for more than four years, Woods got himself in position to break the drought with a 67 Friday that pushed his total to 134, just four strokes off the lead.
Snedeker kept up his assault on the fairways, the key to navigating the claustrophobic layout in northwestern England. He rapped in four birdies on the front side, rolled in a 25-footer at the par-5 11th, then put his tee shot in the middle of the green on the par-3 12th and calmly sank another birdie putt.
He's made 10 of those over the first two days. Just as important, Snedeker, who made a run at the Masters title in 2008, has yet to post a bogey.
"No bogeys around here is getting some good breaks and playing some pretty good golf," he said.
Woods rolled in a couple of early birdies before some misadventures in the rough at the par-5 11th cost him his only bogey of the round.