Toms, Waldorf and Pettersson take lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Tiger Woods' bid for the Grand Slam resumed with an angry confrontation with trigger-happy photographers. He finished with a pedestrian round of 1-under 70 that

Toms, Waldorf and Pettersson take lead

Gullane, Scotland:

Tiger Woods' bid for the Grand Slam resumed on Thursday with an angry confrontation with trigger-happy photographers. He finished with a pedestrian round of 1-under 70 that kept him out of the lead for the first time in seven rounds at a major championship.The lead belonged to PGA champion David Toms, Duffy Waldorf and Carl Pettersson of Sweden, who each had a 4-under 67 on a surprisingly still, sunny afternoon in Scotland."Anything under par is going to be a good score today," Woods said.A lot of players could have said that.Phil Mickelson, Nick Price and 21-year-old Justin Rose of England were among a dozen players one stroke off the lead at 68. Another shot back was former British Open champion Mark O'Meara, who is sharing a house with Woods this week."To get off to a good start like this, especially to clip my roommate by a shot, I feel pretty good about it," O'Meara said.By the end of the day, 37 players were under par on a Muirfield links that might not play any easier than it did yesterday. Woods, the first player since 1972 to win the Masters and the US Open in the same year, had to back off his opening tee shot when a camera clicked as he stood over his 2-iron.He missed the fairway by 20 yards. Then, another photographer clicked as he was trying to hack out of the rough, and Woods got hacked off."You guys got enough pictures already?" he said with a glare. Woods wound up saving par with a 10-foot putt, but watching the ball disappear into the hole was a rare sight. He missed six birdie chances inside 18 feet and took 34 putts. (AP)



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