Golf roundup: Woods works his way to the top

Tiger Woods drops his club as he tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Chevron...

Tiger Woods drops his club as he tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Dec. 2, 2011. (LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters)

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Tiger Woods was mostly dazzling -- and sometimes sloppy -- while charging into a three-shot lead Friday in the second round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Seeking his first victory in more than two years, the former world No. 1 shot a five-under-par 67 on a relatively calm day at Sherwood Country Club to take control of the tournament of which he is host.

Woods sits at eight-under 136.

K.J. Choi was running neck-and-neck with Woods until a quadruple-bogey on the 15th hole. Choi finished with a 73, tied for second at five-under with Matt Kuchar, who shot a 67.

Woods, who has not been in the winner's circle since the 2009 Australian Masters, recorded two eagles, five birdies, two bogeys and one double-bogey -- along with three missed putts from three feet.

MCILROY SICK, TIRED AND LEADING

A weary Rory McIlroy dropped two shots over his final three holes Friday but still managed to cling to a share of the lead after the second round of the Hong Kong Open.

The reigning U.S. Open champion had led by two shots late in his round but eventually settled for a one-under 69, parked alongside Alvaro Quiros of Spain, who matched the Northern Irishman's halfway total of seven-under par 133.

McIlroy is third on the European Tour money list and a win would close the gap on leader Luke Donald. But the long season appears to be taking its toll on McIlroy, who has admitted he recently made two trips to hospital.

"I got sick for a few days in between the HSBC Champions and the World Cup," McIlroy said of his experience between the events held in the first and last weeks of November.

"It sort of took a little bit of energy out of me. I was on a drip for three days actually in the Maldives, which wasn't too nice.

"My energy levels were down but then it's the end of season, and I'm sure it's not just me that's feeling like this."

McIlroy was holidaying in the Maldives with his girlfriend, Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, and later spent another spell on an intravenous drip in Dubai before last week's World Cup in China.

"It has been a long season, and there are a couple of more weeks left and we get to enjoy Christmas," he said.

"I just don't feel 100%, so you could put (Friday's) round down to that. It was just a couple of loose swings toward the end."

Defending champion Ian Poulter shot a one-under 69, remaining six shots off the pace at the $2.75-million event.

MCDOWELL CAN'T MISS

Graeme McDowell snatched a one-stroke lead Friday in the Sun City Challenge despite playing a whiff during his second round at the $5-million invitational event in South Africa.

The 2010 U.S. Open champion shot a five-under-par 67 for a seven-under tally of 137, one ahead of No. 3-ranked Lee Westwood (70), fourth-ranked Martin Kaymer (68), American Jason Dufner (68) and Swede Robert Karlsson (69).

McDowell picked up four birdies in five holes around the turn but he found a bush with his tee shot at the par-five 14th.

On his next swing, his club bounced off a rock as he attempted to hack his ball back on to the fairway at the Gary Player Country Club.

McDowell made it to the fairway with his third shot but his fourth landed in a bunker and he eventually took a double-bogey seven.


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