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Woods loses his 1st exhibition in China

The boy couldn't have been more than 4, but he knew what he wanted when he saw Tiger Woods.

The Chinese youngster headed straight for the star and gave him a big hug on the knee. The smiling Woods hugged back.

"Let's see what you guys got," Woods told a passel of young golfers hand-picked for the instructional clinic Saturday at the lush Mission Hills Country Club.

If Woods wasn't a phenomenon in China, he will be shortly. The public-relations machine is operating in full gear, and more than five busloads of reporters watched Woods' seminar and exhibition match.

Woods, making his first appearance in China, played three players _ one from the mainland, one from Taiwan and one from Hong Kong. The surprise winner was Chen Yuan-chi, 29, a little-known pro from Taipei, Taiwan, who ended up 2 under and a stroke ahead of Woods. He was not in Woods' foursome, instead playing in the first group 45 minutes ahead of Woods.

Hundreds from nearby Hong Kong paid a reported $138 each to see Woods. Golfers reportedly paid as much as $18,000 a hole to play alongside Woods in today's pro-am.

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: John Daly and Frank Lickliter shot 13-under-par 59 to take a one-shot lead over defending champions Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron after two rounds of the team tournament in Naples

The 12 two-man teams competed in a best-ball format in the second round of the $2-million event hosted by Greg Norman. Faxon and McCarron had a one-shot lead after the first round, played at modified alternate shot. Today's final round is a scramble.

Daly and Lickliter's round was two shots off the tournament record for best ball, set by Craig Stadler and Lanny Wadkins in 1996. Lickliter made birdies on the first four holes, and Daly birdied the next two. Both birdied Nos. 6 and 7, Lickliter had one on No. 8 and Daly's on No. 9 gave them 8-under 28. They added five birdies on the back nine.

Daly has been rejuvenated in 2001, jumping 127 spots on the money list from last year to finish 61st. He won the BWM International on the European Tour in September _ his first victory since the 1995 British Open.

Asked what contributed to his return, Daly said: "Just going back to basics and listening to what my body and my mind tell me, and forgetting about the past."

SENIOR SLAM: Allen Doyle, the Senior Tour's leading money-winner, shot 5-under 67 for a three-stroke lead in St. Augustine. Tom Watson shot 70, Doug Tewell was another back and Bruce Fleisher made 18 pars. The 36-hole event features the year's major winners: Doyle won the Senior Players, Tewell won the Tradition, Fleisher the U.S. Senior Open and Watson the Senior PGA.

VOLVO MASTERS: High winds again interrupted with just six shots hit in the third round in Jerez, Spain. Twenty players were on the course when 45-mph winds caused the second round to be called off Friday, and they completed their rounds when the wind abated briefly Saturday. Officials had not decided whether to declare a winner after 54 holes or to play a fourth round today or Monday. Paul McGinley shot 69 in Saturday's completion of the second round for the lead at 9-under.

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