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Archive for Saturday, May 15, 2004

Woods takes Nelson lead

O’Meara one shot back after two rounds

May 15, 2004

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— The position atop the leaderboard should be familiar to Tiger Woods. So should the company he'll be keeping at the Byron Nelson Championship.

Woods sprinkled in a few birdies with some solid par saves for a 3-under 67 on Friday at cool, blustery Cottonwood Valley and took a one-shot lead for the second week in a row. The surprise is who will join him on the first tee this afternoon -- 47-year-old Mark O'Meara, his best buddy on tour.

Instead of a practice round at a major championship or a casual round at Isleworth when they're home in Florida, they will be in the final group of a $5.8 million tournament.

O'Meara, who had a 4-under 66, has not won on the PGA Tour since the '98 British Open and is playing this year on a one-time exemption for being in the top 25 in career money. Woods was at 8-under 132, his best start at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship since a 64-64 in 1997 when he won.

Sergio Garcia, who finished third in his PGA Tour debut at the Byron Nelson five years ago, birdied three of his last four holes on the TPC at Las Colinas to salvage a 68 and was in a large group at 134 that included Peter Lonard (70), Jerry Kelly (68) and Jonathan Byrd (67).

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