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Three Up, Three Down: Woods rising, first-round leaders fading fast

6/14/2008 - Golf

SAN DIEGO -- What do Neal Lancaster, Neal Lancaster and Vijay Singh have in common? They've shot the only three nine-hole scores in U.S. Open history better than the 5-under 30 fired by Tiger Woods in the second round at Torrey Pines on Friday.

(And no, the Lancaster redundancy isn't a typo: He shot nine-hole scores of 29 in both 1995 and 1996. Singh's 29 occurred during the 2003 edition.)

Woods' birdie barrage helped him climb the leaderboard, but more importantly, it vaulted him into the Three Up section of this piece. As for Three Down? Check out the guys leaving Torrey Pines in their rearview mirror.

Jason Sobel covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com.