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Woods Leads by Two After 36 Holes of Cadillac Championship

March 9 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods leads the U.S. PGA Tour’s Cadillac Championship in Miami going into the third round, two strokes ahead of Graeme McDowell.

The No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Woods, who had four birdies and five pars through his first nine holes yesterday at the TPC Blue Monster course at Doral Resort and Spa, scored a 7-under 65 to end the day at 13-under 131.

“I feel like I’m playing well,” Woods said in a televised interview. “With the forecast of wind on Sunday, hopefully I can hit the ball a little bit better and still maintain my balance and feel on the greens.”

McDowell hit a 4-under 67 to hold second place at 11-under 133. Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker each carded 67 to share third at 10-under 134.

“Tomorrow is not about winning the golf tournament, tomorrow is about maintaining position, maintaining the way I’m playing and trying to give myself a chance come Sunday afternoon,” McDowell said.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the world’s No. 1 player, had a 69 yesterday to finish 36 holes at 2-under 142, a two-round score shared with eight others, including Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk and Ernie Els.

This week’s World Golf Championship tournament features a limited field of the top 65 players, based on the Official World Golf Ranking and other performance criteria. The purse is $8.8 million, including $1.4 million for the winner, with no cut for weekend play and a paycheck for everyone who completes the four rounds.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

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

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