Woods just two behind

Second round 67 puts him on course

Bob Warters's picture
Sat, 18 May 2002

Tiger Woods is on course to successfully defend his Deutsche Bank SAP Open title and the £280,000 cheque that goes with it.

A birdie at his final hole, from 12 feet brought him within two shots of the leaders Alex Cejka (70) and Colin Montgomerie(68), who are on ten under par, with 36 holes to play.

Woods second round 67 at St Leon-Rot, near Heidelburg, could have been even lower but after starting birdie, double bogey, birdie, then adding birdies at six, seven, eight and ten, missed a bunch of opportunities.

"The greens were slower than I'm used to and it was difficult to step up and give the ball a good rap," he said. "I hit some solid putts that shaved the hole and then at the last when I thought I'd missed it, the ball dropped."

With Ian Woosnam (67), Richard Green (67) and Darren Clarke (68) on nine under par, alongside Mark Pilkington (64), Woods shares sixth place with Greg Owen (68) and Justin Rose (65) on eight under.



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