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The Tour Report

March 8 2013

6:20 PM

Tiger takes two-shot lead to weekend

DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods made eight birdies Friday on his way to a 65 and a two-stroke lead at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

His 17 birdies through the first two rounds is a career high through the first two rounds of a PGA TOUR event, besting his previous of 16 at the 2007 TOUR Championship, the 2000 WGC-NEC Invitational and the 1999 GTE Byron Nelson Classic.

Two of those times, Woods went on to win.

The way he's putted this week, another victory might not be far off.

Woods took just 26 putts in the second round, giving him 49 for the week -- second-fewest in the field. He was 14-for-14 from inside 10 feet and made four more beyond that range.

He wasn't the only one to play well, though.

On a pristine day with little wind at TPC Blue Monster, eight others shot 67 or lower. Among them were Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson, who are two and three shots back, respectively.

Steve Stricker also shot 67 and is tied with Mickelson for third.

Five others, including Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Keegan Bradley and Dustin Johnson, are within six of Woods entering the weekend on what is a star-studded leaderboard.

Even Rory McIlroy played well, recording his first round in red numbers this season with a 69.