SHANGHAI, China -- Tiger Woods saved par on the last hole
after hitting a 5-wood into the water Friday to finish with a
3-under 69, two shots behind co-leaders David Howell and Nick
Dougherty after two rounds of the HSBC Champions tournament.
Howell shot a bogey-free round with five birdies for a 67 and
Dougherty had a 4-under 68 to head into the weekend at 12 under.
Woods and Australia's Nick O'Hern (67) tied at 10 under, ahead
of a group of five at 9 under.
Woods, who bogeyed his last hole Thursday after hitting his tee
shot into a bunker and giving up a share of the first-round lead,
made a charge on the back nine. He had three consecutive birdies
from the 13th to the 15th to get to 11-under before he bogeyed the
16th, hitting a chip into a greenside bunker and then two-putting.
He hit a risky second shot into a lake on the right side of the
538-yard, par-5 18th at Sheshan International Golf Club. After
taking a drop, Woods saved par with a long, curling putt that just
dribbled into the cup to finish the round.
"I didn't feel comfortable with my club selection at the 18th
... and dumped it in the water," Woods said. "I made a good save.
To have finished 2 over for the last three holes would have left a
really bad taste in the mouth."
Dougherty was in a three-way tie with Peter O'Malley and Paul
Lawrie for the overnight lead at 8 under. He also saved par on his
last hole -- No. 9 -- holing a 20-foot putt from the edge of the
Lawrie, the 1999 British Open winner, shot a 75 in the second
round, dropping back to 5 under.
Second-ranked Vijay Singh was two strokes behind Woods and
O'Hern at 8 under, along with U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell,
K.J. Choi, Thomas Bjorn, Ian Poulter and O'Malley.
England's Kenneth Ferrie had a hole-in-one, hitting a 4-iron 193
yards that landed 8 feet in front of the flag and rolled in at the
6th. He got to 11 under, but hit the first of his four bogeys on
No. 8 and finished with two bogeys for a 3-under 69 to put him at 9
under and tied with Paul Casey, Robert-Jan Derksen, Thaworn
Wiratchant and Zhang Lianwei.
Ferrie marched off the course feeling frustrated.
"A round of golf involves playing 18 holes, so no matter what I
did earlier, it wasn't an impressive finish," Ferrie said in a
statement. "In my mind, it was an impressive nine holes, but not
an impressive round.
"I know I've left a bundle of shots out there. The hole-in-one
was just a good 4-iron -- a good shot -- but holes-in-one are just
lucky. People play their whole lives without getting one -- I've had
about six or seven and two in competition."
Colin Montgomerie, who won his eighth European Order of Merit
almost two weeks ago, was 4 under during his second round, but had
a bogey and a double-bogey in the last three holes for a 71. He was
1 over after his 71 in the first round.
Because of rain, the tournament allowed lift-and-place rules in
the first two rounds, permitting players to pick up and clean their
balls without penalty from closely mown areas through the green.
It drizzled consistently Friday and rained heavily while Woods
was on the seventh, eighth and ninth holes.
"It was a long and frustrating day," Woods said. "There was a
bit of bad weather out there and I just had to hang in there and
grind away and just be as patient as possible. It was hard to make
a bunch of birdies."
The European Tour is opening its 2006 season with this $5
million tournament, which is sanctioned by four tours and is the
richest tournament in Asia.
Tiger Woods hit a 5-wood into the water but saved par on his last hole Friday for a 3-under 69, leaving him two shots back after two rounds at the HSBC Champions tournament.