Tiger pads WGC lead to 5 shots

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tiger Woods made another eagle on the 18th hole Friday in the American Express Championship, only this one didn't finish off a great round. It pumped life into what had been a dull one.

Woods, who started his round on the back nine, went on to birdie four of his next six holes on his way to a 7-under 64 that gave him his best 36-hole start in six years and a five-shot lead going into the weekend in the World Golf Championship event in Chandler's Cross, England.

He was at 15-under 127 and will be paired in the third round with Ryder Cup partner Jim Furyk, who played his last five holes in 1 over and still managed a 65. Stewart Cink (67) and David Howell (66) also were at 10-under 132.

It was Woods' lowest over the first two days since he shot 64-61 at Firestone in 2000 to build a seven-shot lead at the NEC Invitational. Woods went on to win that tournament by 11 shots.

Woods already has won seven times this year on the PGA Tour.

PGA Tour

D.J. Trahan shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss.

Trahan had an 11-under 133 total on the Annandale Golf Club course. Joe Durant (65) and Brad Faxon (67) were tied for second.

Champions Tour

Andy Bean matched his best score in four years on the Champions Tour, shooting a 9-under 63 to take a four-stroke lead after the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C.

Chip Beck, making his second senior start, was four strokes back at 67 along with Dana Quigley and Mark Johnson. Tom Kite, Tom Purtzer, Leonard Thompson, Tom Wargo and Bob Eastwood shot 68s.

-- The Associated Press

-- The Associated Press

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