Tiger Woods decided yesterday not to play in the Memorial as he recovers from knee surgery, meaning he'll likely go to the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines without playing a tournament in two months.
Woods, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 15, was hopeful of playing before the U.S. Open. But his office notified the PGA Tour that he would not enter the Memorial, a tour official said.
This is the second time in three years that Woods has had a two-month layoff before a major championship. He missed nine weeks in 2006 while coping with the death of his father, returning to the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and missing the cut for the only time in a major.
Woods last played at the Masters, where he finished three shots behind Trevor Immelman. He had surgery two days later, the second time in five years on his left knee, to clean out some cartilage.
One thing Woods has in his favour is the U.S. Open being held at Torrey Pines, where he's won more than any other course. He won the Buick Invitational there for the fourth straight time, and sixth overall, by a tournament-record eight shots in January.
LEFTY SAVED BY WEDGES
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Phil Mickelson is carrying five different wedges in his bag at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. He's used every one of them -- very effectively.
Along with his putter.
Mickelson had 11 one-putts and converted all six sand saves in a 2-under 68 in the second round yesterday to take the lead at 7-under 133. The world's No. 2-ranked player led Matt Kuchar (64), Brian Gay (65) and Johnson Wagner (71) by one stroke.
Calgary's Stephen Ames shot 67 and sits two strokes behind the leader. Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont., fired a 69 for a two-round total of 140, one stroke ahead of Jon Mills of Oshawa, Ont., who also shot 69.
Defending champion Rory Sabbatini (144) missed the cut.
PURTZER LEADS SENIORS
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Closing with a 25-foot putt for birdie, Tom Purtzer put a dent in Oak Hill Country Club's stingy reputation to take the lead after the second round of the 69th Senior PGA Championship yesterday.
Purtzer, a five-time PGA Tour winner, shot a 3-under 67 to go to even-par 140 for the tournament. That put him one up on first-round leader Jay Haas, who shot a 2-over 72, and Massy Kuramoto, who finished the day with a round of 2 under.
Mark O'Meara scored the tournament's low round of 66 to jump into a tie for fourth with Bernhard Langer at 142.
TOUR VET ON TOP
CORNING, N.Y. -- On a seesaw day, Dina Ammaccapane liked what she saw when it was over.
Ammaccapane, who had six birdies and three bogeys, shot her second straight 69 yesterday to gain a one-stroke lead after the second-round of the LPGA Corning Classic. Ammaccapane, winless since joining the tour full-time two decades ago and non-exempt this year, was at 6-under 138.
First-round leader Erica Blasberg (74), Janice Moodie (68), Wendy Ward (70) and Katie Futcher (69) were one shot back.