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Tiger Woods seizes three-shot lead halfway at Chevron Challenge

December 2, 2011 |  3:42 pm


Tiger Woods, seeking his first tournament win in two years, took a three-shot lead over K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar at the halfway point of the Chevron World Challenge on Friday.

Woods was eight under par after making two eagles in a round of five-under-par 67 at Sherwood Country Club, where he's a four-time winner of the tournament that benefits his charitable foundation.

Kuchar, coming off a World Cup win with Gary Woodland in China, also shot 67.

Choi, the first-round leader, finished with a one-over 73 after he found disaster on the par-three 15th hole, hitting two balls into the water guarding the front of the green for quadruple-bogey seven.

Woods' tee shot on the same hole also was short and found the water, leading to a double-bogey five, yet Woods gained two shots on Choi.

A year ago, Woods had a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell at the halfway point of the Chevron World Challenge, but McDowell ultimately defeated Woods in a playoff.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods after hitting from the rough on the second hole during Friday's round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Allan Henry / US Presswire