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Archive for Sunday, October 23, 2005

Woods, Singh make early exits

Top players miss cut at Funai Classic; Beem bolts to lead

October 23, 2005

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— Rich Beem knew he was on a roll when a 25-foot birdie putt looked like a tap-in. When he finished his round of 9-under 63, he was atop the leaderboard Saturday in the Funai Classic at Disney and bracing for a wild ending this tournament has come to expect.

All that was missing were the two biggest names.

Tiger Woods, needing two birdies to avoid missing the cut for the second time this year, instead went bogey-par to fall three shots short of the cut and join Vijay Singh on the sidelines.

"I played terrible this week," Woods said. "I hit it all over the map - irons, woods, everything. I had a two-way miss. Granted, these fairways are about 300 yards wide, but when you're missing it both ways, you can't aim it."

They left the birdies to everyone else, and those came in bunches on a steamy, sticky afternoon that was cut short when storms moved into the area and suspended the third round with 25 players still on the course. They will have to return this morning.

Beem was at 19-under 197 and wondering if bad weather brings out the best in him. The former PGA champion came close to winning one other time this year, losing in a five-man playoff at the rain-delayed BellSouth Classic.

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