Tiger Woods maintains three-stroke lead after second round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/T/Tigerwoods1.jpg' class='caption'> Tiger Woods took a firm grip at the top of the leaderboard with a two round eight-under-par 132 at the half-way stage of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Tiger Woods took a firm grip at the top of the leaderboard with a two round eight-under-par 132 at the half-way stage of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Miyazaki, Japan. On Friday, Tiger shot a three-under 67 in the second round. Local golfer Kaname Yokoo is second at five-under 135 followed by Christian Penna on four under 136. Conditions were far better at the Phoenix Golf and Country Club in Miyazaki, Japan before the second round of the US $ 1.89 million Dunlop Phoenix Tournament on Friday. On Thursday, former world number one Tiger Woods had shot a 7under 63 in pouring rain to take top spot. On Friday, Woods began well with a birdie on the par 5 fourth hole. Soon Tiger was in a spot of bother after driving his tee-shot into the woods on the seventh hole. He knocked the ball onto the fairway and then produced a brilliant approach to save par. Tiger's driving was a feature of the day as he produced another superb approach on the par 4 eighth hole. Then the American read the pace of the green well as he knocked in the twelve foot putt to complete the birdie. Tiger's best shot of the day came on the 13th hole - a neat chip from the fringe of the fairway would land just five feet from the cup. He comfortably birdied that hole to go 8 under at that stage. KJ Choi of South Korea perhaps produced the shot of the day. His tee-shot on the par 4 sixteenth had landed on the edge of a bunker, but Choi recovered brilliantly with an up and over iron shot that landed a couple of feet from the cup. Choi would birdie the hole to move to one-under. American Christian Pena had the best round on Friday with a 7 under 63. Penna was 3 over after the first round, but finished the second round only four shots off the pace. His second round had eight birdies and one bogey on the 16th hole. Japan's Kaname Yokoo, who fired a 67, is one stroke ahead of Pena in second position. Germany's Alex Cejka carded a 2 under 68 to be one over 141, after a disastrous 3 over 73 on the first day. Meanwhile KJ Choi capped an impressive round of 4 under with a birdie on the par 5 eighteenth hole. The South Korean is on 2 under 138 overall, and in joint fourth position along with Ryoken Kawagishi of Japan. PGA golfer Daniel Chopra, of Indian origin but representing Sweden, carded a 2 under 68 for an overall 1 under 139. Chopra is currently in joint sixth position. Defending champion Thomas Bjorn of Denmark made the cut, set at 9 over 149, after a strong comeback with on the second day. Bjorn shot a 1 under 69 and is joint 32nd at 4 over 144. Meanwhile Tiger Woods, after a bogey on the 16th, was looking for a glorious finish as he attempted an eagle putt on the 18th hole. He almost made it as his twenty feet putt ended a foot near the cup. He would birdie the hole to go to 8 under 132 and maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard. (AP)

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