Entering on Friday, Tiger Woods had not led a golf tournament since August 22, 2015, when he ascended to the top of the leaderboard during the third round of the Wyndham Championship.
Woods would falter with a final-round 70, finishing four strokes behind winner Davis Love III, and less than a month later would have the first of two back operations that would keep him away from competitive golf, with a couple of exceptions, until January of this year.
The name of the 14-time major winner wasn't on any leaderboard, much less on top of one.
That unimaginable streak ended on Friday at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida, as Woods carded a 3-under-par 68 to take a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Brandt Snedeker into the clubhouse after his morning round at the Valspar Championship.
"It means I'm there with a chance to win on the weekend. Today was a good day," Woods told reporters after the round.