Woods increases lead

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/t/tigerwoods3.jpg' class='caption'> Tiger Woods is halfway to clinching his 10th major title after a five-under-par second round 67 took him to 11-under at the 134th Open Championship.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:51 IST
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Tiger Woods is halfway to clinching his 10th major title after a five-under-par second round 67 took him to 11-under at the 134th Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland. Colin Montgomerie, who has yet to win a Major, currently holds sole possession of second place at seven-under - four shots off the pace - with a group of seven golfers tied for third place at six-under. The weather remained clement for the second round of the 134th Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland. The 2000 Open champion started the day at six-under, but consolidated his place at the top of the leader board with two birdies over the first five holes. Further birdies at the 9th and 10th saw Woods move to 10-under par. It looks as though Colin Montgomerie might have a chance to shrug off his unwanted title of the greatest golfer to have never won a Major title. The Scotsman had already rolled in two birdies when he made eagle at the par-five fifth. Montgomerie's card was blotted by three bogeys - including two in succession from the 12th - but three birdies over the last five holes saw him move up into second place on the leader board at seven-under. Robert Allenby, one of Woods' two playing partners, made the most of Montgomerie's dropped shots to temporarily take sole possession of second place after birdieing the 12th. The Australian had climbed to seven-under par, but a bogey at the 14th would see him finish the day level with the group on six-under. Jack Nicklaus struggled to extend his final appearance at a professional tournament into the weekend after an opening round 75. The Golden Bear received a huge ovation as he crossed the famed Swilcan Bridge for the final time in his career on Friday. But that cheer would be dwarfed when the three-time Open champion rolled in from 10 feet to finish with a birdie and an even-par 70. An appreciative crowd maintained a lengthy round of applause as 65-year-old Nicklaus left the old course for the final time, three-over for his two rounds. Olazabal moves up Jose Maria Olazabal catapulted himself up the leaderboard after rolling in an eagle putt from off the green at 18. The Spaniard finished the day at six-under following a two-under par second round 70. Scott Verplank also made a late climb up the standings. Bouncing back from a treble-bogey at the fourth, Verplank eagled the fifth and moved to seven-under after a birdie at 14. Back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 left the American on five-under, but a birdie at the last saw Verplank join the group of seven players tied for third place at six-under. Woods moved to 11-under after birdieing the 14th and he will start Saturday's third round with a four-stroke lead over Montgomerie. A bogey-free five-under par 67 saw Tiger take command of the championship and a second Open title is now his to lose. (AP)

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