Tiger ties Nelson's streak with 113th cut

Saturday, October 25, 2003

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tiger Woods matched the 55-year-old standard set by Byron Nelson on Friday by making the cut in his 113th consecutive PGA Tour event, posting a second-round 5-under 67 at the Funai Classic at Disney to easily qualify for the weekend and leave himself four shots behind leader Vijay Singh.

"I'm very proud," Woods said. "It's certainly not easy to do."

Nelson established the record from 1940 to 1948, although it is nearly impossible to compare eras. Woods paid tribute to Nelson, calling his record "phenomenal."

"He's been a model of what all golfers should be," Woods said.

No one has come close to Woods' consistency in today's game. The second-best cut streak in the last 20 years belonged to Singh, who made 53 in a row from 1995 to 1998. On the current list, Ernie Els is second with 26.

Singh, the hottest player in golf with seven top 10s in his last eight tournaments, overcame his first bogey of the tournament on No. 9 by playing his next seven holes in 7 under par, including an eagle on No. 7 on the Palm course.

Singh finished with a 65 and was at 15-under 129.

Singh had a one-stroke lead over Bob Estes (63), while John Rollins (65) and David Peoples (66) were another stroke back.

Korean Tour

YONGIN, South Korea -- Se Ri Pak became the first woman to make the two-round cut in a men's golf tournament since Babe Zaharias in 1945.

Pak, the latest in a series of female golfers to play against men this season, shot a 2-over-par 74 on the Korean tour. She is at 2-over 146 halfway through the $250,000 SBS Super Tournament.

Pak, a four-time LPGA Tour major champion, had a 72 in her opening round at the 7,052-yard Lake Side Country Club course.

Champions Tour

SONOMA, Calif. -- Jim Thorpe had another record-setting round at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke lead over Tom Jenkins and the two-day record for the Champions Tour's season-ending event.

At 14-under 130 entering the weekend, Thorpe bested the tournament's previous record of 131 set by Dale Douglass in 1992 -- but he couldn't shake Jenkins or Tom Watson, who remained within striking distance while the rest of the field fell seven strokes back.

With a hole-in-one on the 183-yard 17th, Jenkins leapfrogged Watson for second place with a second-round 67.

-- From wire reports

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