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Tiger Woods Is 6 Shots Back Entering Third Round at Pebble Beach

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods trails leader Charlie Wi by six shots and is tied for 17th place at the midway point of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament, Woods’s first U.S. PGA Tour event this year.

Woods, playing in the tournament for the first time since 2002, is 6 under after two rounds following a 2-under 68 in yesterday’s second round.

After beginning play for the second day with a birdie on his opening hole, Woods added birdies on the par-5 sixth, par-3 seventh and par-5 12th holes at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course. His bogeys came on the par-4 fourth, where he missed the fairway with his tee shot and yelled a profanity following his second shot, and on the par-4 16th.

Woods shot a 4-under-par 68 in the first round at the Spyglass Hill golf course, which had the highest average score of the tournament’s three courses during the opening round in Pebble Beach, California.

Three players scored better at Spyglass in the opening round than Woods, who ended the first day tied for 15th place.

Wi, from South Korea, who was 3 under yesterday after a 9-under 61 opening round, is three shots ahead of American Dustin Johnson entering today’s third round.

Amateur Pairing

Woods finished third in his opening event of 2012 in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago after entering the final round tied for the lead with winner Robert Rock.

Although he hasn’t had an official PGA Tour win in more than two years, Woods ended a 749-day winless drought with a victory in December at the Chevron World Challenge, a limited-field event he hosts in California.

This week’s tournament groups professionals with amateur players. Woods is paired with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and the duo is 10 under as a team, tied for 50th place in the Pro-Am. The professionals and amateurs rotate among the three courses the first three days before the pros play the final round tomorrow at Pebble Beach.

When Woods won the tournament in 2000 he came from five strokes back against Matt Gogel in the final round, four months before he went on to post a 15-shot win in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He last played at Pebble Beach during the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for fourth.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mike Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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