Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Golf

Woods (62) takes World Challenge lead

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Tiger Woods didn't like the way he warmed up on the range. What he produced on the course left him with no complaints.

Woods had a birdie putt on every hole and made 10 of them for 10-under 62 Friday, tying his course record at Sherwood Country Club and giving the tournament host a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson going into the weekend at the World Challenge.

"It was good (Friday)," Woods said, smiling broadly.

"It was a clinic," said defending champion Graeme McDowell (67), who played with Woods in the second round.

Woods was at 11-under 133 and is paired in the last group today with Johnson (68), the first-round leader, who missed a few good birdie chances on the back nine. Johnson is a two-time runner­up at the World Challenge, both times to Woods.

Matt Kuchar (68) was three shots behind. No one else was closer than five.

Nedbank Golf Challenge: South African Gary Player cried on the tee before his second round in Sun City, South Africa, a day after the death of Nelson Mandela, and countryman Ernie Els remembered the photo he has of himself and Mandela on his desk at home in Florida. "A very sad day for South Africa and the world," Els said. With all players wearing black ribbons, Jamie Donaldson shot 6-under 66 on an emotional day to go to 11-under 133 to lead Ryan Moore (65) and Henrik Stenson (67) by three.

Dubai Ladies Masters: American Stacy Lewis increased her lead to two strokes, shooting 2-under 70 for 11-under 205 after the third round of the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event in the United Arab Emirates. Pornanong Phatlum (69) was second.

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