Singh misses cut at Buick Invitational

World number two Vijay Singh missed the cut in the second round lead at the Buick Invitational on Friday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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La Jolla, California:World number two Vijay Singh missed the cut for the first time since the Players Championship last March as Stewart Cink grabbed the second round lead at the Buick Invitational on Friday. The Fijian, after a string of 12 successive top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour, the longest since Jack Nicklaus had 14 in a row in 1977, returned a one-over 73 for a level-par total of 144 at the Torrey Pines Golf Club. Cink, by contrast, fired a sizzling nine-under 63 to open up a two shot lead on 133, 11-under. John Daly (66) and Steve Flesch (68) shared second place on 135 with Bo Van Pelt a further stroke adrift on 136. Defending champion and world number one Tiger Woods was on 139, while Phil Mickelson finished birdie-birdie to squeeze past the cut mark on 143. Kevin Stadler, the son of former US Masters champion Craig, took a one shot lead into the second round of the Buick Invitational, but he was ten shots worse on Friday and ended in a tie for 10th place after a two-over 74. Tiger Woods shot a disappointing 71 in the first round and began his second round having some of the same difficulties. On the sixth Woods was visibly disappointed after hitting the ball into the deep rough. He went on to bogey the hole and drop to one-under. Sweden's Jesper Parnevik sank a long putt for birdie on the first hole to go eight-under-par. Parnevik started on the back nine and finished the second round shooting a one-over 73, to tie for 10th at six-under. After going one-over-par on the third hole, Vijay Singh made it two-over by missing a long par putt on the fourth hole. Stewart Cink was having a fantastic day. His birdie on the 16th hole brought him to 10-under and gave him a firm hold on the lead. He ended the day on the top of the leader board at 11-under after shooting a nine-under 63. Singh hovered around the cut line for most of the day. The Fijian responded to back-to-back bogeys by holing an eagle putt on his 15th hole of the round, the par-5 sixth. He came in with a 73 for a level-par total of 144 and he missed his first cut after 12 successive top 10 finishes. Sweden's Daniel Chopra also missed the cut, but he provided the shot of the day when he holed from the fairway for an eagle on the par-5 18th. A seven-over 79 left him five-over. As he has so often done, Woods battled back late in the day. His second shot on the 16th set up a short birdie that took him to four-under. He also birdied the 18th and ended with a 68 in a tie for 21st place. John Daly, who has done well in the Buick in the past, fired a round of six-under 66. He nearly holed his tee shot on the eighth, his 17th hole of the day. He birdied three of his last four holes to move into a tie for second place with Steve Flesch at nine-under. (AP)

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