Superb Woods leads way after stunning second round at Australia Open
Published 11/11/2011 | 08:20
Tiger Woods led the Australian Open after finishing his second-round with a five-under-par 67 today to move to nine under in total.
The former world number one, now down at 58th in the rankings, carded seven birdies and two bogeys as he finished a shot ahead of Peter O'Malley out of the early finishers.
"I played well today," Woods told ESPN. "I could have been a little lower over my first nine holes. I felt like I really didn't miss a shot. Even though I shot five under today, it felt like it easily could have been eight or nine deep.
"It feels good, but it feels good to actually be there playing properly instead of slashing the ball all over the place."
Starting at the 10th with a birdie, Woods picked up four more shots on the back nine before making his first bogey of the tournament at the third.
He responded immediately with a 25-foot putt at the fourth but another dropped shot at the sixth left him needing to again bounce back, which he did with a stunning 280-yard approach which rolled onto the eighth green to set up birdie.
O'Malley birdied three of the four par-fives on his way to a bogey-free 66 and his fellow Australian, Woods' playing partner Jason Day, was a shot further back on seven under after a four-under-par 68 today.
First-round leader Jarrod Lyle struggled to one-over for his round after 12 holes to trail by three, with Matthew Jones and Nick Watney in the clubhouse as part of a group at five under which also included James Nitties, after nine holes, and Matthew Millar through eight.