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Woods strong in first two rounds

Tiger Woods opens with his first bogey-free round since Feb. 11, then takes the lead.

Associated Press

Tiger Woods opens with his first bogey-free round since Feb. 11, then takes the lead.

SYDNEY — Tiger Woods topped the leaderboard for the first time in nearly a year after a second-round 5-under 67 today in the Australian Open, an Australasia Tour event.

Woods was at 9-under 135. Peter O'Malley (66) was one back.

If his lead held through the afternoon, it would be the first time Woods had led after a round since the third round of the Chevron World Challenge in December. And it would be the first time he had led after a round in a full-field event since his last victory, two years ago this week in the Australian Masters.

In the first round Thursday, Woods shot 4-under 68, his first bogey-free round in nine months. Thousands of fans stood atop sand dunes to watch Woods, playing in his first tournament in Sydney in 15 years.

The last time he played bogey-free was the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 11.

John Daly had a first-round meltdown. On the par-4 10th, Daly tried to drive the green. He thought his ball was in the front bunker, but after blasting out he realized he had hit a practice ball from the adjacent range. That's when he was told his ball was in the back bunker, and with two penalty strokes and a three-putt, he wound up with a triple bogey.

Annoyed, Daly hit his second on the 11th into the water. Then he hit six more into the water, running out of balls. Daly turned over his scorecard and walked off, then posted on Twitter: "when u run out of balls u run out of balls."

Hunter Mahan withdrew because of shoulder soreness.

LPGA: Juli Inkster shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead with Suzann Pettersen in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico. Inkster, 51, is trying to become the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history. Beth Daniel was 46 when she won the 2003 Canadian Women's Open. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot par 72.

woods endorsement: Woods signed an endorsement with Fuse Science Inc., a Florida sports nutrition company that will be displayed on his bag. Terms were not disclosed. Woods has not had an endorsement on his bag since AT&T dropped him nearly two years ago.

hall of fame: Phil Mickelson was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, getting 72 percent of the votes. The minimum needed is 65 percent. Fred Couples received 38 percent, and Davis Love III and Mark O'Meara each received 29 percent. Induction is May 7 in St. Augustine.

Woods strong in first two rounds 11/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2011 10:08pm]
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