Event host Woods ties his course record
Tiger Woods didn’t like the way he warmed up on the range. What the world’s top-ranked player produced on the golf course Friday left him with no complaints.
Woods had a birdie putt on every hole and made 10 of them for a 10-under-par 62, tying his course record at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and giving the tournament host a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson going into the weekend at the World Challenge.
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“It was good today,” Woods said.
“It was a clinic,” said Graeme McDowell, the defending champion who played alongside Woods in the second round and had a 67.
Woods was at 11-under 133 for 36 holes and will be paired in the last group of the 18-man field Saturday with Johnson, who missed a few good birdie chances on the back nine but still shot a 68.
Johnson is a two-time runner-up at the World Challenge, both times to Woods.
Matt Kuchar (68) was three shots behind Woods, and McDowell was six off the lead.
It was the 10th time Woods has shot a 62 or lower in a tournament. He went on to win six of those events.
Donaldson has lead; Moore is tied for 2nd
Jamie Donaldson of Wales completed a first-round 67 and shot a 66 in the second round to take the lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, South Africa’s first major sporting event since former president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela died Thursday.
The 30 players, all wearing black ribbons, spent around nine hours on the course to make up for lost time when the first round was halted because of lightning.
Donaldson had an 11-under 133 total at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City. Ryan Moore (second-round 65) of Puyallup and Henrik Stenson (67) of Sweden were tied for second at 136 in a tournament the European Tour is sanctioning for the first time.
Lewis shows the way
American Stacy Lewis increased her lead to two strokes in the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round.
The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, had an 11-under 205 total in the Ladies European Tour’s season-ending event.
Pornanong Phatlum (69) of Thailand was in second place.
Defending champion Shanshan Feng (71) of China was tied for ninth at 2 under.
Vonn returns to action
Thrilled as she was to be racing again, Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., began the day hoping for a victory, no matter how unrealistic that might have been 10 months after major knee surgery and less than three weeks after partially retearing a ligament.
As it turned out, she felt some jitters in her first competition since a February fall and skied conservatively by her standards, finishing 40th of 60 starters in a World Cup downhill event in Lake Louise, Alberta.
“I was just too nervous. I was really tight, and I skied that way. I skied tight,” Vonn said. “I wasn’t in a really deep tuck. I wasn’t pushing the line where I could have.”
The reigning Olympic downhill gold medalist took an important step in preparation for the Sochi Games by racing for the first time since her high-speed crash at the world championships tore two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in that leg.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany covered the course in 1 minute, 56.03 seconds for her first victory of the season. She was the 2011 overall World Cup champion.
• Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a World Cup downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., in 1:44.50. Hannes Reichelt of Austria was second in 1:44.67.
Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., placed 13th in 1:45.54.
• In figure skating, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan brushed off a fall and increased his lead in beating three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada at the Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan.
Hanyu had a 12.37-point lead after Thursday’s short program. He fell on his opening quad salchow but completed all of his other jumps in the free skate to beat Chan by 13.17 points.
“I wasn’t completely satisfied with the long program,” said Hanyu, whose 19th birthday is Saturday.
• Elana Meyers of Douglasville, Ga., and push athlete Aja Evans of Chicago won a women’s World Cup bobsled race in Park City, Utah, the first time an American sled has prevailed on the circuit since Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming won in Austria in January 2011.
• UCLA (21-1-3) and Florida State (23-1-3) advanced to Sunday’s NCAA Women’s College Cup soccer title match in Cary, N.C.
In semifinal matches, UCLA beat Virginia 4-2 in the penalty-kicks tiebreaker after the teams tied 1-1. Earlier, Florida State beat Virginia Tech 3-2.
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