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World number one Tiger Woods matched his own course record at the Sherwood Country Club to take the lead in his World Challenge.
Woods finished Friday’s day of play with a 10-under 62 thanks to 10 birdies and no bogeys. He originally started four shots off the lead, but he now heads Zach Johnson by two after he picked up four birdies in a four-under round of 68.
Speaking afterwards, Woods sensationally admitted he wasn’t playing well in the warm-up before his scintillating round.
He said: “It felt good on the course, but I did not warm up well. I was not hitting it very good on the range, and it was just one of those things where I thought, well, it’s just warm-up. Warm-up is warm-up, that’s what it’s called, let’s go play now.”
Fellow American Matt Kuchar carded a solid 68 to sit in third place at the weekend, with rain expected to alter conditions.
Former world number one Rory McIlroy could not maintain his form after winning last week’s Australian Open.
Despite winning his first tournament of 2013 Down Under, he carded a five-over 77 that included a double-bogey six at the par-four fourth, as well a quadruple-bogey nine at the par-five 16th.