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January 25 2013

2:33 PM

Woods grabs share of lead with Howell

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Don't look now but an eagle on the 18th hole at the North Course, his ninth of the day, has lifted Tiger Woods into a share of the lead at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods, who shot 32 on his first nine holes, is 8 under for the tournament and tied with Charles Howell III. Howell is playing the more difficult South Course and shot 2 under on his front nine.

Woods has won the Farmers Insurance Open a record six times in 12 previous starts.

K.J. Choi, who shared the overnight lead with Brandt Snedeker, is one stroke behind after eight holes on the North, tied with PGA TOUR rookie Luke List. Snedeker, Mike Weir, Luke Guthrie, Ross Fisher, Justin Hicks and Billy Horschel are deadlocked at 6 under.

The cut right now is projected at 2 under with 71 players inside that number. San Diego's Phil Mickelson, the three-time champion who is playing the South Course, just birdied No. 3 and is 1 under.

Jason Kokrak withdrew after nine holes with a back injury.

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