Tiger Woods finished his first round of in the NEC Invitational on Friday morning by bogeying the 18th hole, leaving him five strokes behind Stewart Cink.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
Akron, Ohio:Tiger Woods finished his first round of in the NEC Invitational on Friday morning by bogeying the 18th hole, his third in a row, leaving him five strokes behind leader Stewart Cink. Woods went on to his second round trying to cut Cink's lead. After birdying the second hole, Woods' tee shot on the third put him into the rough. A good recovery put him on the green where he picked up another stroke. He then got to three under after 12 holes. Chasing Woods in the world rankings is Ernie Els, who did not have a good day. On the 15th hole Els had a short putt to save par, but the ball curved just right of the cup. Els had six bogeys and a double and was eight over with three to play. Good time for Garcia Sergio Garcia had a better time of it on the green. On the fifth hole the Spaniard sank a birdie, taking him to five under par. He ended the day at three under after 13 holes. Vijay Singh struggled all day but on the 17th hole he nearly chipped in for an eagle from the bunker. His luck quickly turned as he two putted to save par. The USPGA Champion was five over par after 15 holes. Australia's Rod Pampling continued his recent good form. Pampling holed a birdie on the seventh hole which helped keep him near the top of the leaderboard. He was five under after 12 holes. Rain play spoilsport American Bob Tway kept himself in the running by saving par on the ninth hole with chip from just beyond the fringe. Tway ended the day one of eight players tied at two under par. Rory Sabbatini's tee shot on the 12th hole sailed onto the green where it stopped close to the cup. The South African was one of four players at five under in second place. Stewart Cink, who has just two PGA Tour wins under his belt, still leads the tournament and holds a three stroke advantage. Cink chipped in a birdie on the 10th to move to eight under. It was his final hole of the day as the rain began coming down. Before play was halted, Stephen Ames had the shot of the day on the 18th hole with an approach which landed next to the cup. Hoping to get out of the rain perhaps, Ames comically mimed kicking the ball in. He holed the putt for birdie and went into the clubhouse one under par after two full rounds. Ames was one of just 24 players to finish the second round. The rest of the field will pick up where they finished on Saturday morning. (AP)