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'Solid round' lets Woods share lead

ORLANDO — Even when he was winning with regularity, Tiger Woods rarely made it look this easy at Bay Hill.

He putted for birdie on every hole.

His longest putt for par was on the 18th, when his birdie try caught the right edge of the cup and left him about 3 feet coming back.

If the game looked familiar, so did his position Friday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods ran off four straight birdies early in his round, then made back-to-back birdies late in the afternoon for 7-under 65, giving him a share of the lead with Charlie Wi. It was the first time in 30 months on the PGA Tour that Woods has been atop the leaderboard going into the weekend.

"It was a solid round of golf," Woods said. "I felt like I actually hit it better (Thursday) than I did (Friday). I've made more putts (Friday), for sure. I felt great over the putter. My speed was good. I left a couple putts dead short, right in the center of the hole. Actually, it really could have been a really low round. A lot of positives (Friday)."

Wi, the 54-hole leader at Pebble Beach this year, rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on his last hole for 68 to join Woods at 10-under 134.

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, had an eagle-par-birdie finish for 63, and Jason Dufner extended his solid play on the tour's Florida swing with 69. They were one shot behind at 135.

Wi, who shared the 18-hole lead with Dufner, birdied four of his last six holes to catch up to Woods. From the right rough on the ninth hole, he hammered out a shot to 25 feet below the cup for one last birdie.

Wi and Woods grew up in Southern California and have known each other since their junior days, though Wi is four years older.

"Tiger is the man, and it's going to be fun (today)," Wi said.

Lincicome aces No. 6, is six off LPGA lead

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot 4-under 68 and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome knocked in a hole-in-one on No. 6 in the second round of the Kia Classic.

Tseng, tied for the first-round lead of the LPGA Tour event after 67, had a 9-under 135 total for a two-stroke lead over Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak (66).

Lincicome shot 73 and was six back of Tseng. She said on Twitter the hole-in-one was her second on the tour and her fourth overall. "Very fun. 170 yard 5 iron into the wind," she said.

Tseng holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-4 10th, then chipped in for another birdie from just in front of the green on the par-4 13th. She also birdied the par-4 18th.

"I think that's the first time I chipped in from a bunker as a professional," Tseng said. "I was really happy about that."

She had three consecutive birdies starting at No. 3 but bogeyed Nos. 7 and 8.

Michelle Wie missed the cut with rounds of 77 and 79.

Champions: Tom Pernice Jr., had a terrific start in soggy conditions at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss. Pernice was 7 under through 12 holes before play was suspended because of darkness. Only a handful of players completed their rounds because the start of the tournament was delayed more than four hours after more than 9 inches of rain fell on Fallen Oak in 36 hours.

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'Solid round' lets Woods share lead 03/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 11:41pm]
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