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May 10 2013

10:41 AM

Woods, Westwood gaining ground

Tiger Woods makes a birdie on the 12th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods has seamlessly picked up where he left off during Friday's second round of THE PLAYERS Championship. But he's not the only one moving up the leaderboard.

Woods, who started on the back, birdied two of his first three holes on putts of 12 and 4 feet. But the FedExCup leader and world No. 1 gave one shot back at the 14th hole when he missed the fairway right, the green left and couldn't negotiate an 18-footer for par. He two-putted for birdie from 21 feet at the 16th hole, though, and is now 7 under for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Lee Westwood closed the gap on overnight leader, Roberto Castro, who tees off at 12:46 p.m., to one when he made the turn in 31 -- which is one stroke off the back-nine record held by 14 people. Westwood is 8 under for the tournament.

The Englishman almost immediately got things going in the right direction when he holed a wedge from 94 feet for eagle at the par-5 11th, then made birdie putts of 14 feet and 12 inches at the next two holes. Westwood capped his first nine off with an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole.

Kevin Chappell, who opened with a 69, has made up the most ground, starting on the back nine and making the turn in 32. He made an 11-footer for eagle at the 11th hole, then added birdies at Nos. 12, 13 and 16. He bogeyed Nos. 18 and 1 but got back on track with a 16-footer for birdie at the par-5 second and a 10-footer at No. 4 to tie Westwood.

Ryan Palmer has just played the front nine in 35 and is 6 under for the tournament. Also on the course at that number is Webb Simpson, who has made two birdies and a bogey in eight holes on the back nine.

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