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Woods surges into lead

Second-round 66 good for two-shot edge

May 8, 2004

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— Tiger Woods says his game is starting to come around, and not many doubted him Friday in the Wachovia Championship.

Woods made every putt inside 20 feet and one from nearly 50 feet. It led to his best round since February, a 6-under 66 at sun-baked Quail Hollow that gave him a two-shot lead going into the weekend.

"More than anything, I gave myself some looks at the putts and I made them -- just about every one of them," Woods said. "It's a nice combination."

Woods was at 9-under 135, two shots ahead of Kirk Triplett (73), Notah Begay (70) and Arron Oberholser (68).

Vijay Singh, who is challenging Woods for No. 1 in the world, missed a half-dozen putts inside 18 feet on his back nine and had to settle for a 70, leaving him in the group only three shots behind and setting up the prospects for a major showdown on Sunday.

Singh is hitting the ball so well that Woods three shots ahead of him and Masters champion Phil Mickelson (70) two shots behind him were of little concern.

"We've got the weekend ahead of us," Singh said. "I'm playing well. I think I'm going to be there Sunday."

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