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Henry soars with seven straight birdies

J.J. Henry birdied a tournament-record seven holes in a row en route to a 10-under-par 61 yesterday and a four-stroke lead halfway through the FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The 30-year-old from Fairfield, Conn., was one stroke off the tournament-record round of 60, and he bettered his previous career-best round by three strokes. His string of birdies on the ninth through 15th holes fell one shy of the PGA Tour record of eight in a row.

''I guess you could say I was in that zone," Henry said.

Never a winner on the PGA Tour, Henry was at 14-under-par 128 through 36 holes in front of an announced crowd of 117,540, a record for the tournament's second round. The throng is expected to swell to more than 150,000 today in an event that draws the PGA's biggest, most boisterous crowds.

''It was just one of those days," Henry said. ''The hole looked big for some reason."

Tour-rookie J.B. Holmes, 22, shot a 7-under 64 and was four back at 10-under 132. First-round co-leader Steve Lowery and Paul Stankowski were at 9-under 131.

Mark Calcavecchia, a three-time winner of what used to be called the Phoenix Open, tied with David Toms and Ryan Palmer at 8-under 132.

European/Asian -- Two shots into the water cost Tiger Woods the lead at the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.

Danish journeyman Anders Hansen made nine birdies for a 9-under 63 and Retief Goosen celebrated his 39th birthday with a 5-under 67 to share the second-round lead at 13-under 131.

Woods hit two balls into water, one for a bogey, and another for a double bogey, but still managed a 66 to tie for third with Nick Dougherty (66) and first-round co-leader Richard Green (69). They trail the leaders by two shots at 11-under.

Defending champion Ernie Els was three shots off the leaders with a 66. He made his 70th straight cut on the European tour, breaking Bernhard Langer's record of 69.

ANZ Ladies Masters -- Teenage amateur Amy Yang shot a 6-under 66 in the second round to take a one-stroke lead at the midway point of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters at Gold Coast.

Yang, a 16-year-old high school student who moved to Australia from Korea in 2004, was at 9-under 135 through two rounds at Royal Pines, one stroke better than first-round leader Mhairi McKay of Scotland. McKay had a 3-under 69 after shooting a 67 in the opening round.

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