Saturday, October 4, 2003

Tiger takes five-shot lead



By The Associated Press

WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Baked greens and thick rough were troubling enough Friday at the American Express Championship. Even more daunting was Tiger Woods pulling away from a world-class field without breaking a sweat.

In one of his best rounds of a roller-coaster year, Woods made seven birdies and finished with a 4-under 66 to take a five-stroke lead into the weekend at Capital City Club.

He not only had the best score of the day - only four other players broke par - Woods, who was at 7-under 133, was eight strokes lower than the course average.

Woods is 19-4 when having at least a share of the 36-hole lead.

The challenge falls to Rocco Mediate, Tim Herron, Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi, who all gave up shots on the tough Crabapple course and were at 138.

The other players under par were Stuart Appleby (68) and Ignacio Garrido (71), who were at 139. Vijay Singh had his second even-par 70 and was at 140.

Masters champion Mike Weir closed with eight straight pars, none of them easy, to finish with a 73 and was at 2-over 142.

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Southern Farm

MADISON, Miss. - John Huston shot his second straight 66 and held a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

Huston began the day in a three-way tie for the lead and ended it at 12-under 132 after two trips around the 7,199-yard course at Annandale Golf Club.

First-round co-leader Hidemichi Tanaka was second at 134. He started his round with a double bogey on No. 10, but rebounded with five birdies on the back nine for a 68.

Tim Clark and Chris Anderson matched Huston's low round of 66 and were tied for third at 135.

Defending champion Luke Donald shot a 67 and was tied with Paul Stankowski (68) and Shigeki Maruyama (68) at 136.

The other first-round co-leader, Carlos Franco, fell off the pace with a 72 that left him six strokes back.

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LPGA Tour

LINCOLN, Calif. - Se Ri Pak shot an 8-under 64 and held a one-stroke lead over Sophie Gustafson after two rounds of the Longs Drugs Challenge.

Pak had one eagle and seven birdies in setting a tournament record with a 9-under 135 total at Lincoln Hills Club.

Pak, second to Annika Sorenstam on the LPGA money list, eagled the par-5 8th with an 18-foot putt on her 17th hole of the day. Her second shot was a 7-wood, uphill and into the wind from 208 yards.

Gustafson had three birdies in a 2-under 70 that followed her opening 66.

Jamie Hullett (69), Suzann Pettersen (70), Wendy Ward (71) and Michelle Ellis (72) were tied for third at 139.

Karrie Webb, a 29-time LPGA champion, had a 73 and dropped into a group of 11 at 4-under 140.




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