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A big prize looming, Moore keeps focus

LEMONT, Ill. — Ryan Moore has never had a better chance to accomplish so much.

With a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead in the BMW Championship, he is in great shape to reach the Tour Championship for the first time. That would mean a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus, and exemptions to the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.

All he cares about is the trophy being handed out today.

"Just like any golf tournament, I came here to win," Moore said. "That's what I'm here for. I'm not here to try and qualify for the Tour Championship. I'm here to win the (BMW Championship). All that other stuff takes care of itself. If you play good, you get in those things. I'm going to just focus on trying to stay patient, exactly how I have the last few days. Play hard and see what happens."

Moore was at 8-under 205 and had a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson (68), Charlie Wi (70) and FedEx Cup leader Matt Kuchar (70).

The main attraction today figures to be well down the leaderboard.

Tiger Woods had 68, his first time under par at Cog Hill this week but not enough to help his cause of advancing in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was eight shots back and will be paired for the first time this year with Phil Mickelson, who had 70.

It will be the first time they have played together since the final round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in November, Woods' second-to-last tournament before his personal life unraveled.

Woods is seven shots behind where he likely needs to finish to get into the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings. He has never been kept out of a tournament because he was ineligible.

"I just play," Woods said. "That's all I can do. I'm trying to win this golf tournament, and right now I'm eight back."

LPGA: Michelle Wie shot 7-under 64 and played her first nine holes in 7-under 28 to take the second-round lead in the Northwest Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark.

Wie, trying for her second straight victory, had the lowest nine-hole score on the tour this year. She finished at 10 under, three strokes ahead of Juli Inkster (66), Yani Tseng (68) and Na Yeon Choi (68).

Wie started on No. 10 and birdied five of her first seven holes. She then made an uphill putt of about 35 feet on No. 18 for eagle on the 515-yard par 5.

She made a tap-in birdie on No. 2 to move to 8 under on the day through 11 holes, but she slowed a bit and will have to contend with several players today as she tries to follow up on her win late last month in the Canadian Women's Open.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome birdied four of the last five holes for a 68 and is tied for eighth at 4-under. Also at 4-under is first-round leader Morgan Pressel.

CHAMPIONS: Fred Funk shot 5-under 67 to take the lead at the rain-soaked Posco E&C Songdo Championship in Incheon, South Korea, the tour's first event in Asia. Funk sank a 12-foot putt on the par-5 18th hole for his fifth birdie of the day and stands at 8-under 136. Tom Pernice Jr., Russ Cochran and John Cook were two shots behind.

A big prize looming, Moore keeps focus 09/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:02pm]
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