Castro Holds Lead at Players Golf Event With Woods 2 Shots Back

Roberto Castro holds a one-shot lead during today’s second round at golf’s Players championship, where Tiger Woods is two shots back.

Castro, who tied the course record with a 9-under-par 63 yesterday in his debut at the U.S. PGA Tour’s marquee event, begins his second round this afternoon.

He’s one shot in front of Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer of the U.S. and England’s Lee Westwood, who are currently in the midst of play at the TPC Sawgrass course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Woods is 2 under today with three birdies and a bogey through his first nine holes after an opening-round 67 yesterday, marking his best first-round Players championship score and his lowest round at the event since 2007.

Castro, who began on the 10th hole yesterday, finished with seven birdies and an eagle. He missed a 13-foot birdie putt on his final hole, preventing him from breaking the course record he now shares with Greg Norman and Fred Couples. Castro said he wasn’t aware of the record at the time.

The Players is golf’s richest tournament with a $9.5 million purse. The winner will receive $1.71 million.

Woods yesterday was on course for his first bogey-free round at the tournament before a fluffed chip at the last hole led to a bogey 5.

Vijay Singh of Fiji is 4 over for the tournament as he plays his second round and will probably fail to qualify for weekend play. Singh, 50, on May 8 sued the PGA Tour claiming he was publicly humiliated by a suspension for using deer-antler spray before he was cleared of wrongdoing two months later.

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