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Woods' aim getting clearer

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — The fog finally lifted at CordeValle and revealed a Tiger Woods that looked vaguely familiar.

Woods ran off three straight birdies early, survived a rough patch and kept the stress to a minimum Friday in his round of 3-under 68 in the Open that assured he would be around for the weekend.

"I don't like missing cuts, period," Woods said. "If I miss the cut, that means you can't win the tournament. … I've got a shot at it this weekend."

He was seven shots behind Paul Casey, making a revival of his own. Casey, 135th on the money list and in danger of losing his PGA Tour card, has been fighting a foot injury since May. But he won last week in South Korea then shot 7-under 64 on Friday to put him at 134.

Fog delayed the start by 2 hours, 20 minutes, and the round will finish today. Ernie Els, a surprise entry to this Fall Series event, had an 8-foot birdie to tie for the lead on No. 16 but missed to stay 7 under. He will have two holes to play today.

LPGA: World No. 1 Yani Tseng shot 7-under 65 to lead by one stroke after the first round of the Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 71, and Tampa's Kristy McPherson carded 74.

CHAMPIONS: Michael Allen shot 9-under 63 to lead John Cook by three after one round of the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands, Texas.

EUROPEAN: England's Lee Slattery shot 6-under 66 to lead the Madrid Masters by one shot after the second round.

NEW PLAN: Webb Simpson plans to play next week in St. Simons Island, Ga., giving him a chance to unseat Luke Donald atop the PGA Tour money list. Donald is trying to become the first player to win money titles on the PGA and European tours in one year.

Woods' aim getting clearer 10/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2011 10:42pm]
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