Woods surges into lead

Tiger Woods shot a 4-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead after Friday’s second round of the Target World Challenge.

Tiger Woods shot a 4-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead after Friday’s second round of the Target World Challenge.

The world’s top-ranked player and the host of this event, Woods shot his second consecutive 68 to move to 8-under 136 at Sherwood Country Club.

Woods split a pair of birdies on each nine to surge past Henrik Stenson, the first-round leader who followed his opening 66 with a 1-under 71.

Playing in his first tournament since the World Golf Championships in early October, Woods has nine birdies and one bogey in his first 36 holes.

Stenson struggled to a 39 on the back nine Friday, registering a double-bogey on the par-3 12th hole and bogeys on Nos. 14 and 16.

Chris DiMarco and Geoff Ogilvy are tied for third place, two strokes behind Woods. DiMarco had six birdies and two bogeys in his 4-under 68 while Ogilvy followed up his opening 68 with a 2-under 70.

Paul Casey is alone at 5-under 139 while John Daly and Jose Maria Olazabal are tied at 140.

Adam Scott tumbled to an 80 and fell into last place at 11-over 155.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington redeemed himself after Thursday’s round of 75 to shoot the second-best round of the day. A brilliant 67 had him climb to a tie for sixth.

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