Woods Takes 4-Stroke Lead After Two Rounds at Chevron World Challenge

Tiger Woods tops the leaderboard by four strokes going into the third round of the Chevron World Challenge.

The world’s former No. 1 golfer yesterday shot a six-under 66 to put himself at 13-under 131 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.

“There’s ten par-5s so far and I’ve played them 10-under, so that’s pretty good,” Woods said. “(Today) is the same game plan, just go out there and plot my way along and take care of the par-5s.”

Yet to win in 2010, Woods had his best 36-hole start of the year. Behind him is U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell at nine- under 135 and Luke Donald with an eight-under 136.

“I like this golf course,” McDowell said. “I love the way the greens set up here, and you feel like you can make those eight-, ten-footers, the greens are so pure here.”

Woods is a four-time winner at the Chevron World Challenge, an unofficial event that has a top prize of $1.2 million and features a field of 18 players selected from the top 50 in world rankings.

Woods last won 13 months ago at the Australian Masters. His 281-week run as world No. 1 ended on Nov. 1, when Lee Westwood replaced him atop the rankings.

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