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HOLE OF THE DAY

No. 6

Par 4, 465 yards

While No. 16 is the big, bad bear of Copperhead, No. 6 is like, well, a copperhead. Quiet, sneaky and plenty poisonous.

The narrow par 4 doesn't get tricky until players get around the green, and that's when it strikes. No hole played tougher Friday. (Yep, it was even tougher than 16.)

Golfers averaged 4.477 shots on a hole that yielded 11 birdies and 60 pars. Meantime there were 48 bogeys, eight double bogeys and three of the dreaded "others."

Those belonged to R.J. Choi, Ben Crane and Glen Day. All took triple-bogey 7. Choi hit his second shot out of bounds, and Crane and Day had fits trying to get up and down out of the rough.

Even the players with the hot hand had trouble.

"I hit every green on the front except No. 6," said Dan Forsman, who shot 67, two off the best round of the day.

Charles Howell, who was tied for fourth, made one bogey on the front nine. Where? No. 6.

SHOT OF THE DAY

Sometimes _ and hackers everywhere know this _ golf is for the birds. On Friday, though, it was for the squirrels. Frank Lickliter can attest to that.

Lickliter was on No. 14, lining up his third shot 145 yards from the hole.

He hit a perfect approach. The ball bounced on the front edge of the green and started rolling toward the hole. And _ boom! _ out of nowhere came a squirrel. The bushy-tailed rascal raced across the green and acted like a dog chasing a tennis ball. He stopped Lickliter's ball 20 feet from the hole before scampering into the woods.

Lickliter shook off the rude interruption and coolly drained the 20-footer for birdie.

Alas, it didn't matter. Lickliter missed the cut.

STAT OF THE DAY

Not including the four major championships, the cut of 3-over par at the Chrysler Championship matches the high on the PGA Tour this year.

BY THE NUMBERS

0 _ Birdies made by Ernie Els during the second round.

2 _ Eagles recorded during the second round, one at the par-5 11th, one at the par-5 14th.

4 _ Victories on the PGA Tour this year by players in the top 16 through two rounds, all by Vijay Singh.

4.385 _ Average score on the par-4, 475-yard 16th, the most difficult through 36 holes.

6 _ Birdies at the par-3 17th, the least of any hole Friday.

14 _ Strokes higher through two rounds this year compared with last year for defending champion K.J. Choi.

35 _ By Singh on each of the four nines he has played.

_ Compiled by Tom Jones and Bob Harig.

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