A scrambling Tiger still in the hunt

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Robert Allenby made a hole-in-one during that took him from the middle of the pack to the top of the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Robert Allenby made a hole-in-one during a torrid stretch that took him from the middle of the pack to the top of the leaderboard, then finished off a 5-under 66 in blustery conditions to catch Justin Rose in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Saturday. "Prettiest shot I've ever seen," Paul Azinger said of the ace by Allenby, a 4-iron from 215 yards on the 16th hole. Allenby had made a 25-foot birdie on the 15th, then followed his ace with a 10-foot birdie on the 17th and a 20-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th. He traded two birdies with two bogeys on the front nine and was at 6-under 136. Rose made birdie on three of the par 3s on his way to a 69. Tiger Woods, remarkably, is still in the hunt for his fifth straight US PGA Tour victory. After opening with a 66 for a one-shot lead, Woods hit into the trees, through the trees and even hit his club against a tree twice on one swing while making an unlikely par. He one-putted six consecutive greens on his back nine - five of them for par - and managed to scratch out a 1-over 72 that left him two shots behind. "I didn't hit it very good," Woods said. "I'm very happy to shoot 72." Aaron Baddeley also scrambled his way around in wind that averaged about 15 mph (24 kph), with gusts that peaked at 31 mph (50 kph), and shot 71 to join Woods and defending champion Olin Browne (69) at 4-under 138. The group at 139 included a couple of Ryder Cup players - J J Henry and Robert Karlsson of Sweden. (AP)

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