Tiger yawns to 9-un­der World No 1 cards 63 af­ter ris­ing at 3.30am to watch foot­ball

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TIGER WOODS showed yes­ter­day pre­cisely why he is the world’s num­ber one golfer, pro­duc­ing a swash­buck­ling tour­na­ment-best 63 to burst into ti­tle con­tention af­ter the sec­ond round of the in­au­gu­ral Turk­ish Air­lines Open.

The 14-times Ma­jor win­ner’s buc­ca­neer­ing nine-un­der effort left him one stroke be­hind the lead­ing quar­tet of Euro­pean money-list leader Hen­rik Sten­son ( 68), French­man Vic­tor Dubuis­son (65), Justin Wal­ters of South Africa ( 66) and Bri­tain’s Ian Poul­ter (66).

Tiger’s tail seemed to have been tweaked by a late blun­der on the fi­nal hole of the open­ing round ear­lier in the day.

The Amer­i­can dunked his sec­ond shot into the wa­ter at the 18th and marched off the green with a dis­ap­point­ing bo­gey six.

Woods had only enough time for a quick snack be­fore he was back out on the first tee for the sec­ond round and he looked like a man on a mis­sion as he charged to the turn in 30 strokes with five birdies.

The 37-year-old kept his foot firmly down on the pedal on the back nine, four more birdies de­light­ing the crowd on the coast of An­talya.

“It was a round that could have been re­ally spe­cial,” Woods told re­porters af­ter fin­ish­ing on 11-un­der 133 at the penul­ti­mate event of the Euro­pean sea­son. “I made some putts, but I also prob­a­bly missed four putts in­side 10 feet.

“We are go­ing to have to con­tinue to go low here the way the course is set up and with how soft it’s play­ing. It’s so re­cep­tive that it lends it­self to a lot of birdies.”

Woods’s per­for­mance was even more re­mark­able be­cause he was up at 3.30 in the morn- ing to watch his col­lege foot­ball alma mater Stan­ford play Ore­gon on tele­vi­sion.

“It was one of those things when we looked like we were go­ing to go up 29-7... and then a kick goes their way and next thing you know, they’ve got a chance to do it again,” said the Amer­i­can.

“I’m like, ‘I’ve got to go and warm up for this tour­na­ment... can you guys just kind of run the ball out and run the clock out?’ and they fi­nally did,” he added, re­fer­ring to Stan­ford’s 26-20 vic­tory.

Woods will play along­side Sten­son for the third day run­ning on Satur­day, but the Swede is wor­ried a nig­gling wrist in­jury could give way at any mo­ment.

“This is the third week I’ve played with it and it’s get­ting worse,” he said.

“I’m just hang­ing in there day by day and hope it keeps to­gether.

“It’s not in a great state. I have in­flam­ma­tion there and I strained some­thing else yes­ter­day as well be­fore I teed off.”

Sten­son, who once al­most com­pletely dis­robed out on the course, took his shoes and socks off to wade in to a lake and splash his ball out 100 yards down the fair­way at the long fourth.

“This time at least I didn’t have to take the full kit off,” he said. “It was sit­ting up there and I man­aged to get it back in play and save par so that was good.

“It’s enough to strip down once, we know that much. I will try to avoid that again in the fu­ture.” – Reuters

REUTERS

World No1 Tiger Woods tees off on the 14th hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the in­au­gu­ral Turk­ish Air­lines Open in An­talya yes­ter­day.

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