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Putting hampers Woods

By Times Wires
Published June 21, 2003

HARRISON, N.Y. - Tiger Woods needed two days and 36 holes to put together one solid round on the soggy Westchester Country Club course.

Failing again to build on a strong opening nine holes, the eight-time major champion shot 2-under 69 Friday in the Buick Classic, leaving him four behind second-round leader Briny Baird.

Woods, playing the back nine first in his morning round, birdied four of the first nine for 8 under, then dropped back with three bogeys and a birdie on the front nine. In the first round, he was 5 under after 10 holes, but settled for 67.

"To have it going like that and to give it all away with poor putting, that's a little frustrating," Woods said. "I've played nine holes well each day. I just need to keep it going longer than that."

Winless since taking three of his first four events this year after knee surgery, Woods tied for 20th Sunday in the U.S. Open.

Baird, winless in four seasons on the PGA Tour, followed a career-best 63 with an erratic 69 to top the field at 10 under, a stroke ahead of Retief Goosen (66).

Jim Furyk, trying to join Hale Irwin (1990) and Ernie Els (1997) as the only players to follow a U.S. Open victory with a win at Westchester, was seven back after 73.

ROCHESTER LPGA: Rachel Teske, who beat Annika Sorenstam in a playoff Sunday at the LPGA Classic, shot 4-under 68 for a two-stroke lead in New York.

"It's been going good - I guess I've got a little bit of momentum and a little bit of confidence," said the 31-year-old, a six-time winner since joining the tour in 1997.

Teske was 7-under 137, ahead of A.J. Eathorne (71). Tied for third at 140 were Tina Barrett (73) and Mi Hyun Kim (71). Sorenstam skipped the tournament.

FARMERS CHARITY CLASSIC: A record-tying 65 - built in part on two chip-ins - gave Morris Hatalsky a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour event in Grand Rapids, Mich. He matched the first-round tournament score of Bob Gilder in 2001. Hatalsky was 7 under and a shot ahead Ed Dougherty, Bruce Fleisher, Hubert Green, Tom Wargo and Mike Smith. He chipped in from 25 feet for birdie on the 434-yard, par-4 fifth and from 30 feet on the 153-yard, par-3 eighth.

WOMEN'S PUBLIC LINKS: Michelle Wie, 13, advanced to today's quarterfinals with two wins at the amateur match-play event in Palm Coast. Wie, who beat Mayumi Motoyama 5 and 4 and Hwanhee Lee 2 and 1, faces U.S. Amateur champion Becky Lucidi.

JUNIORS: Seminole's Brittany Lincicome finished third at the Henry-Griffitts Bluegrass Invitational in Ashland, Ky. Lincicome (76) was six back of champion Whitney Wade (71-217).

FUTURES TOUR: Brooksville's Kelly Lagedrost shot 2-over 74 and was tied for 28th after the first round in Ann Arbor, Mich., five behind leader Krista Bartlett (69).

USGA RELOCATION: The USGA will not relocate its museum from Far Hills to the site of the former Russian Tea Room in New York. The USGA purchased the site for $16-million last year. Museum director Rand Jerris said New York law has oversight provisions for museums that could limit the

USGA's control. It will put the building back on the market.

[Last modified June 21, 2003, 01:17:59]

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