Tiger Woods felt he played well enough to score in the mid-60s yesterday and take a comfortable lead into the weekend at the NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio. One hole changed everything but his outlook.
His 8-iron caromed off a tree and 20 yards to the right. From there, a 7-iron bounded through the green and into deep rough. When he had finished chopping up the 18th hole, Woods shot an even-par 70 that dropped him into a share of the lead with Luke Donald and invited a host of others into the tournament.
Donald made three straight birdies early in his round and shot 67, joining Woods at 4-under 136.
''I didn't shoot myself out of the tournament by making double [on No. 18], and that's a good thing," Woods said. ''We've got a long way to go and I'm playing well, so I just need to keep doing what I'm doing."
Vijay Singh was tied for the lead at 5 under until he dumped his third shot into the water on the 667-yard 16th hole and had to chip in with a fairway metal for a bogey. He spun his approach off the 17th green and failed to save par from 10 feet, and he nearly made it three straight bogeys until he escaped with a pitch to 4 feet on the last hole. He shot 71--137.
PGA -- Defending champion Vaughn Taylor shot a 67 to take the second-round lead at the Reno-Tahoe Open with a tournament record 13-under 131, and Bill Glasson shot a course record 10-under 62 to move into contention.
Todd Fischer shot 67 and was in second at 12 under.
Glasson was two more shots back after knocking in a pair of eagles.
Taylor opened with a 64 and has carded 16 birdies in two days, including six yesterday.
LPGA -- Rookie Sung Ah Yim and Soo-Yun Kang each shot 8-under 64s for a one-stroke lead over Rosie Jones and defending champion Hee-Won Han after the first round of the
Champions -- Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe, Brad Bryant, and Morris Hatalsky each shot 6-under 66 to share the first-round lead at the