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Choi surges to the top; Singh misses cut

Tiger Woods looks like he might lose his No. 1 seed by skipping The Barclays, thanks to some stellar golf from one of the top players chasing him in the PGA Tour playoffs. The surprise is that it's K.J. Choi, not Vijay Singh.

Choi holed out from 94 yards for eagle on the seventh hole and marched along to a 5-under-par 66, giving him a two-shot lead over Rich Beem (68--132) in Harrison, N.Y., at the first of four playoff events for the FedEx Cup.

On a course where Singh has won three times, the defending champion missed the cut for the first time at Westchester in five years. He wasted a brilliant start to shoot 71 and miss by four shots.

Geoff Ogilvy had a 66 and joined Steve Stricker (68) and Rory Sabbatini (71) at 8-under 134.

Bill Haas had a 68 and was in a group at 6-under 136 that included Sergio Garcia (67), Ernie Els (71), Retief Goosen (68), and Adam Scott (69). Phil Mickelson had a 70 and was at 137.

US Amateur -- Jhonattan Vegas was one of three Texans to reach the semifinals at the Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco.

Vegas, a Venezuelan who attends the University of Texas and lives in Austin, outlasted 15-year-old Cheng Tsung Pan of Taiwan, 2 and 1. Colt Knost (SMU) defeated Canadian Nick Taylor, 4 and 3, and Casey Clendenon (Lamar University) knocked off Californian Eddie Olson, 4 and 3.

Michael Thompson of Alabama defeated Derek Fathauer, 5 and 4. Thompson will face Clendenon today in the 18-hole semifinal. Vegas and Knost will meet in the other match.

LPGA -- Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, who has won the past two tournaments, was a shot back of Sophie Gustafson and Ji-Young Oh after the first round of the Safeway Classic at Portland, Ore.

Michelle Wie continued her struggles with a 79. Wie has made the cut just once in four previous appearances this year on the tour.

Champions -- Ray Stewart, a former PGA Tour player who made the tournament field by shooting 70 in a Monday qualifier, shot a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash.

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