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Tiger's sizzling 66 puts him in good position for win No. 6, 7, 8?

Updated: March 21, 2008, 8:22 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

DORAL, Fla. -- Some, including NBC analyst and Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, have suggested that perhaps it would be better if Tiger Woods weren't carrying a winning streak into next month's Masters.

You know, better to take the pressure off by getting a "loss" out of the way, putting in perspective the ultimate prize, a major championship.

Woods pondered that notion Friday for about as long as it takes him to draw back the club and return it to the ball.

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David Cannon/Getty ImagesTiger Woods didn't have any trouble with the putter on Friday.
"I just can't see that being a negative," said Woods, laughing after another impressive round of golf. "I just can't."

And so it goes.

The Tiger Woods Show continued at the Doral Golf Resort, where he once again tamed the Blue Monster course he seems to own, this time shooting a 6-under-par 66 that included two eagles.

Woods trails second-round leader Geoff Ogilvy by a stroke at the CA Championship at Doral, yet that hardly matters, given that Woods overcame a seven-stroke deficit at this point a week ago in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won with a 72nd-hole birdie.

Going back to last season, Woods has won seven straight tournaments. Five have been on the PGA Tour, one was the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour and the other was the Target World Challenge, an offseason event that is unofficial.

And his dominance has many already handing him tournament titles, including at this World Golf Championship event and the green jacket at the Masters, which begins April 10.

Woods wasn't buying that, either.

"That's why they play the sport. That's why you tee it up," he said. "They don't hand it to you just because of the way you've been playing. You have to go out there and earn it. Just because I won last week doesn't mean I'm going to win this week. I still have to go out there and tee it up and earn a victory. Same thing with the Masters."

For all his success of late, however, Woods still has moments when not everything goes according to plan. He hit just seven of 14 fairways, same as in the first round. On the third hole, his 12th, he severely pulled a tee shot, causing him to chip out, leading to a bogey.

But he also made four testy par putts, including on the 17th and 18th holes.

"The putts I made actually on the 17th and 18th holes were the ones I really needed to make," Woods said. "I played well on my front nine, and didn't want to lose any kind of momentum I had going into a par-5 [the first hole]."

That's where Woods made his second eagle of the day, a 7-iron approach to the par-5 hole. It was the first time since the 2007 Buick Invitational that Woods has made two eagles in a round, the 14th time in his career. He also eagled the 12th hole by holing a bunker shot.

After the bogey at No. 3, Woods finished with birdies at the eighth and ninth holes, where he made a curling 23-footer that broke about 5 feet.

That pushed him to 65 under par in his past 14 rounds at Doral, dating to the 2005 regular PGA Tour event he won, followed by a victory at the same tournament in 2006 and another at last year's CA Championship.

So let's try to get this straight: He's bidding for his fourth straight victory at Doral and his fourth straight CA Championship. He's also trying for his fourth consecutive WGC win.

Plus, depending which tournaments you count, he's going for his sixth straight PGA Tour title, his seventh straight worldwide official title or his eighth straight in any tournament in which he has teed it up.

"He obviously knows how to win a golf tournament," said Ogilvy, who is trying for his first PGA Tour title since winning the 2006 U.S. Open. "He knows he's never out of it. Winning seven in a row, six in a row? It's pretty impressive.

"I mean, that's a good career."

For Tiger, the way things are going, he might not even consider that a good year.

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.

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