Archive for Saturday, July 7, 2001

Love leads Western by three

Woods rebounds to survive cut but trails by eight

July 7, 2001

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— Relax, Tiger Woods made the cut. Now he has to find a way to catch Davis Love III.

Love shot a 5-under-par 67 Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Western Open. Woods, in danger of missing the cut after finishing the first round tied for 92nd, rebounded with a 68 and was eight strokes back.

"When you're out there playing, I don't really think about the cut," Woods said. "I'm trying to get back in the tournament, at least give myself a chance going into the weekend. ... At least now I'm somewhat within striking distance going into the weekend."

Phil Mickelson, who was just one shot off the lead after the first round, ran into some trouble Friday and is seven strokes back. He double-bogeyed the 18th after putting his second shot in the water and finished with a 2-over 74.

Love wasn't even supposed to be at the Western Open. Trying to rebuild his stamina after missing two months earlier in the season with a bulging disc, he was worried about overextending himself before the British Open. But when he missed the cut at the Greater Hartford Open last week, he decided he play the Western.

Brandel Chamblee was second after a 67.

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