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February 11 2012

7:30 PM

Wi leads; Tiger, Paddy closing in

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Five birdies over the last seven holes. That’s what Tiger Woods has done to get within three of Charlie Wi’s shrinking lead. Wi actually saw his lead cut to two briefly before a birdie on No. 12 at Spyglass Hill to move to 14 under.

It’s not so much that Wi has played poorly -- he has two birdies and no bogeys on the most difficult course on the property -- it’s just that Woods has been borderline spectacular. Woods is 5 under through 11 holes at Pebble Beach, where he’s putted the ball very well with just 15 putts so far.

Woods isn’t the only playing well, though. Padraig Harrington, who needs to win if he has any hope of qualifying for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in two weeks, is 3 under through his first seven holes at Spyglass Hill. That has him tied for second with Woods and Joseph Bramlett.

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