Woods surges 2 clear at Sherwood with 62

Updated 10 December 2013
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Woods surges 2 clear at Sherwood with 62

THOUSAND OAKS, California: Tiger Woods regained his putting touch at Sherwood Country Club as he fired a sizzling 10-under-par 62 to surge two strokes clear in Friday's second at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
A day after struggling with the slick pace of the greens at the elite 18-man event which he hosts, the American world No. 1 delivered a superb all-round display on the way to an 11-under total of 133.
In pursuit of his sixth victory this year, Woods birdied four of the five-par-fives on a chilly, mainly overcast, day in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains to match the course record he set in the second round of the 2007 edition.
Zach Johnson, the first-round leader, birdied the final hole for a 68 to secure outright second place at nine under, finishing a stroke in front of fellow American Matt Kuchar (68).
"It was good today," Woods told reporters after hitting 12 of 13 fairways off the tee, reaching every green in regulation and piling up 10 birdies. "I certainly hit it good, obviously.
"But I left myself in some good spots most of the day. I had probably only two putts that were downhill, most of them were uphill.
"And when I did have those downhillers and they were breaking a little bit, they were inside 10 feet, so it wasn't too bad."
Asked whether this was his best round of the year, Woods replied: "This is similar to what I did at Firestone.
"Firestone is obviously a much more difficult golf course than Sherwood, but as far as quality of ball-striking, I hit it equally as good today if not even better.
"I think I made more putts there that particular round (at Firestone). Today I played the par-fives in four under par, and that really helps."
Woods fired a stunning nine-under 61 at Firestone Country Club on the way to a commanding seven-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August, his fifth PGA Tour win of the year.
"The key to this golf course is you have to miss the ball in the correct spots (to leave uphill rather than downhill putts)," said Woods, who has won his World Challenge event a record five times. "I was in good spots most of the time.
"I think the next couple of days will be certainly a test for all of us with rain (forecast for Saturday) and wind on this golf course because it can come from any different direction."
Defending champion Graeme McDowell, who also triumphed here in 2010, carded a five-birdie 67 to end the second round alone in fourth, six shots off the pace.

Donaldson maintains momentum and lead at Sun City
In Sun City, South Africa, four birdies on the back nine saw Welshman Jamie Donaldson maintain his three stroke lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Saturday with one round to play.
The 38-year-old, chasing his biggest single payday yet at the $6.5-million event, kept up Friday's momentum as he returned a third round score of 67 for a 16-under-par total of 200.
He might have had a more comfortable lead in search of the $1.25-million first prize, had he not bogeyed the 17th at the Gary Player Country Club.
"I was in between clubs and it put me in trouble but in the end I came out with a good five. I'm still in a strong position and I've got to go out there tomorrow and play really good golf," he told Supersport television.
"It's a tough field, a lead of three doesn't mean much among these guys."
Donaldson leads from Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and American Ryan Moore, who are 13-under-par.
Bjorn played one of the best rounds of the day, birdying the 18th for a second successive day to finish with a 66.
"I got off to a good start and played solid golf. That's what you need to do on this course. If I can shoot 66 or 67 tomorrow, I'll give myself a chance. But you have to play sensible golf, not try and chase down the leader," Bjorn said at the end of his round.
Moore followed a second round 65 with a 67 on Saturday, with five birdies in a bogey-free round.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand both matched Bjorn's 66 to go 11-under, along with world number three Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who hit a double bogey at the par-five ninth to finish with a 69.


Rumors Saudi crown prince buying Manchester United ‘completely false’: government minister

Updated 28 min 32 sec ago
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Rumors Saudi crown prince buying Manchester United ‘completely false’: government minister

  • Rumors claiming the  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wanted to buy UK football club Manchester United are “completely false”
  • The rumors that emerged in UK media reported that the crown prince tabled a $4.9 billion bid for the 13-time premier league winning team

DUBAI: Rumors claiming the  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wanted to buy UK football club Manchester United are “completely false,” Saudi Arabia’s Minster of Media Turki Al-Shabanah said in a Tweet on Sunday.

“Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false. Manchester United held a meeting with @PIFSaudi to discuss sponsorship opportunity . No deal has been materialized.,” Al-Shabanah’s tweet read.

 

The rumors that emerged in UK media reported that the crown prince tabled a $4.9 billion bid for the 13-time premier league winning team.