Friday, August 12, 2005

Mickelson surges, Tiger Woods barely makes the cut

After shooting a 5-under 65 in Friday's second round, Mickelson took the clubhouse lead with an 8-under total.

The big drama today at day 2 of the PGA Championship, was whether or not Tiger Woods would make the cut, which was projected to be at +4. Woods ballooned from begining to day at +5 to +8. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, finished his round before Woods began his, at held the lead at -8. Mickelson was five under for the day. He had seven birdies and one eagle.

Defending PGA champion Vijay Singh (R) of Fiji tees off on the 17th hole as Davis Love III of the U.S. looks on during second round play.

On the 17th hole, Woods boomed a huge drive. This hole is 647 yards long and has only been reached in two once before, by John Daly in the 1993 US Open. He had about 260 yards to the green and took out his three-wood. Golfing fans around the world held their breaths. He hit what looked like a perfect shot. Woods initially thought it was going to fly over the green. In ended up in a bunker, on the far lip. He had no choice but to shoot it out, and put it back into play. With his back turned to the flad, he rolled it out to the rough, with bunkers to the left and right. He wedged it and rolled it about ten feet past the hole. If he sank his next shot for par, he would make the cut. He missed.

Number 17

Onto the final hole, number 18, which he had to at least birdie to make the cut. He drove it long and straight, leaving himself maybe just a seven-iron to the green. His second shot on the par five landed on the green, about ten feet away. He could use two shots to finish the hole and make the cut. But, he had a chance to go out in style with an eagle. He missed and settled for a birdie. Over the first two days, his putter has really let him down. On number two, he three=putted from 7 feet! The final two days will be quite exciting. Will Phil hold onto his lead or fold like he done many times before? Will Woods manage to shoot under par enough to have a shot at winning? Or, will someone else make a dramatic run for victory?

After dropping to 8-over early in the second round, Tiger Woods responded with four crucial birdies in a 10-hole span.

Three men were injured, one hospitalized with a broken left leg, when a huge branch of an oak tree snapped loose and struck them.

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