Tiger Woods sprinkled in a few birdies with some solid par saves for a 3-under-par 67 yesterday at cool, blustery Cottonwood Valley and took a one-shot lead at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.
Woods, who lost the 36-hole lead last week at the
O'Meara, who had a 4-under 66, has not won on the PGA Tour since the '98 British Open and is playing this year on a one-time exemption for being in the top 25 in career money. He won earlier this year in the Dubai Desert Classic against a field that included Woods and Ernie Els.
Woods was at 8-under 132, his best start at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship since a 64-64 in 1997 when he won.
Sergio Garcia, who finished third in his PGA Tour debut at the Byron Nelson five years ago, birdied three of his last four holes on the TPC at Las Colinas to salvage a 68 and was in a large group at 134.
LPGA -- Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 and shared a one-stroke lead with Pat Hurst in the weather-delayed second round of the
Ochoa, the 2003 rookie of the year who is looking for her first career victory,
had six birdies and a bogey and is at 7-under 137 and tied with Hurst, who just missed birdie putts on her final two holes to finish with six birdies and two bogeys.
European/Asian -- Simon Dyson shot a 3-under 69 to take a two-stroke lead halfway through the Asian Open in Shanghai, China, with Greg Norman four shots behind. Dyson, whose first-round 66 was a course record, was at 9-under 135 after two rounds. Miguel Angel Jimenez (66) and Paul McGinley (69) shared second.