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Woods (62) not nice to guests

He sets the course record at the event he hosts and takes a four-shot lead over Furyk.

December 15, 2007|Thomas Bonk | Times Staff Writer

He had not played in 10 weeks, and it didn't matter. He's battling a cold, and it didn't matter. He started the day behind, and it didn't matter. He hit one ball that snuggled up against some television cables, and it didn't matter.

Come to think of it, the only thing that affected Tiger Woods in Friday's second round of the Target World Challenge was . . . well, nothing, actually.

Woods birdied the last two holes, shot a 10-under-par 62, set a course and tournament record, took a four-shot lead at 13-under 131 and did everything but change the name of Sherwood Country Club to Tigerwood.

"I shot a good number, and I'm pretty far back," said Jim Furyk, whose 67 leaves him closest to Woods. "Hell of a host."

Woods had eight birdies and an eagle at the 522-yard 11th, hit every fairway except two, every green except two and needed only 27 putts.

Other than that, he was a complete disaster.

Even when Woods had the slightest wobble, he turned it around, as at the par-three 12th when he rolled in his putt with speed, from 30 feet.

Said Woods: "I think it's still rolling."

So, too, is Woods, the tournament host, who has already won his event three times. Furyk started with a one-shot lead over Woods and three others, but found himself getting run down, and in a hurry.

Woods made 127 feet worth of putts, including a 10-footer at the 18th, after a five-wood and nine-iron got him close. It was a satisfying conclusion, especially because Woods had made a double-bogey six at the same hole in the first round.

"That fabulous six," Woods said sarcastically.

He said he needed a couple of hours to get over that sour finish, but found encouragement from his par-saving second putt on the 17th hole Thursday.

"I just tried to make sure when I warmed up that I tried to keep that same feeling that I had, and the majority of my warmup, I felt pretty comfortable, just like I did on the second putt on 17 yesterday.

"For some reason, all day, I saw my lines. I was able to start the ball on the line the majority of the day, which was good."

Woods passed Furyk with a birdie at the sixth, where he hit a three-wood, then a pitching wedge to eight feet. He wound up with a 30 on the back nine and said the combination of soft greens and lack of a breeze led to low scores.

Woods had a simple explanation for his own success on the greens:

"They were just going in."

There were six 67s Friday, but no one came close to Woods. Zach Johnson is third, five shots behind Woods, and Padraig Harrington is fourth, seven shots back. After two rounds, only three in the 16-player field are over par -- Brett Wetterich, Colin Montgomerie and Rory Sabbatini.

The last player to hold the 36-hole lead and win here was Woods last year.

And as for his 62, only two players shot rounds of 10 under or better on the PGA Tour in 2007.

Brandt Snedeker had an 11-under 61 in the first round at Torrey Pines and Zach Johnson had a 10-under 60 in the third round of the Tour Championship.

Woods' layoff doesn't seem to have affected him. Apparently, his touch comes back quickly -- he said he didn't start hitting balls until a week and a half ago.

Furyk didn't have a bogey, shot five under and still lost five shots to Woods.

"There's nothing I can do about it," Furyk said. "We all need to try to figure out how to put some pressure on him."


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