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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001


Woods’ roll stops at 52; Calcavecchia shoots 60

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- By the time he put two balls in the water on the 15th hole, Tiger Woods knew his streak was about to end.

A few holes away, Mark Calcavecchia was doing some streaking of his own, straight toward one of golf's magical numbers.

Calcavecchia didn't get his 59, but did shoot 11-under 60 Friday to tie the PGA Tour record for lowest 36-hole score (125) and take a commanding lead midway through the Phoenix Open.

"I thought I was going to birdie the last three for a 59," Calcavecchia said. "You don't get that chance often, so I was aiming at the flags."

Calcavecchia birdied two of the final three holes, barely missing a 20-footer for birdie on his 17th hole that would have given him a final shot at 59, which has only been shot three times in tour history.

It was the lowest score ever for the two-time Phoenix winner, who birdied five of his last six holes for 11 total against no bogeys.

"I do get on stretches when I'm pretty scary good," Calcavecchia said. "I get a little streaky, that's for sure."

Woods, meanwhile, saw his remarkable streak of 52 straight rounds of par or better come to a watery end at 2-over 73 that left him 13 shots back.

"You can't always have a streak and not have it end," a philosophical Woods said. "Unfortunately it ended today because I just didn't make the putts I wanted to make."

Woods hadn't shot worse than par since the first round of the Byron Nelson Classic May11, covering 14 PGA Tour events.

If all competitive rounds during that stretch are counted (and Woods does) the streak would have been 62.

But the putter that had pulled out other rounds when Woods wasn't striking the ball well didn't cooperate at the par-71 TPC of Scottsdale course where Woods had shot a seemingly effortless 65 only the day before.

Woods put two balls in the water on the par-5 15th to effectively end his chances.

Calcavecchia's 125 matched a record set by Woods in the NEC Invitational last year, and put him five shots ahead of Scott Verplank and six ahead of Rocco Mediate.

A frost delay pushed back play and darkness forced part of the field to come back today to finish their second round.

"This course isn't that easy," Calcavecchia said. "You can't measure it by what I shot today."

Playing the back nine first, Calcavecchia birdied his first hole, parred the next two, then made three birdies in a row.

He shot 31 on the back, then finished with birdies on four of the last five holes for 29 on the front side.

OFFICE DEPOT: Barb Mucha, seeking her first LPGA victory since 1998, shot 3-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami.

Mucha had a bogey-free round on the Red Course for 138. She opened with 71 on the par-72 Blue Course, the site of the final two rounds.

She started on the 10th hole and made a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 14th, a 12-footer on the second hole, and two-putted from 20 feet for birdie on the par-5 fifth.

Kellee Booth and Grace Park, both former Doral Junior champions, were tied for second.

Booth had six birdies and three bogeys for 69 on the Blue Course, and Park had three birdies and two bogeys for 69 on the Red Course.

First round co-leaders Jackie Gallagher-Smith and Wendy Ward were among four players at 140 after 74 on the Blue Monster.

Karrie Webb, the winner the past two years at Ibis Country Club in West Palm Beach, was in a group at 141 after 72 on the Blue Course.

Pearl Sinn was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard.

CANON CHALLENGE: Paul Gow followed his Australasian PGA Tour-record 60 with 3-under 69 to take a four-stroke lead at Sydney, Australia. Gow, the defending champion, had five birdies and two bogeys and led David Smail, who shot 64.

SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: After dropping five shots, first-round leader Hennie Otto rallied to retain the lead after the second round of the European PGA Tour event at East London. Otto shot 2-under 70 for 135 total, one stroke ahead of Roger Wessels, who led much of the day, and Greg Owen.

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