Woods a tad off

The Baltimore Sun

DORAL, Fla. -- The way Tiger Woods has been playing, former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy figured he would have to stay ahead of him each day if he wanted to win the CA Championship.

With one round on the Blue Monster in the books yesterday, Ogilvy was two up on Woods.

Ogilvy played bogey-free in a round of 7-under-par 65, taking advantage of a generous shift in wind that turned the fearsome 18th into a pushover. He hit a wedge into 8 feet for one last birdie, and Miguel Angel Jimenez also birdied the final hole to join him atop the leader board.

"You know starting the week if you want to win the tournament, you're going to have to beat him because you know he's going to be in contention come the last nine holes here on Sunday," Ogilvy said.

One shot out of the lead was Stewart Cink, who has been in the final group in three tournaments this year.

Undefeated since September, Woods made a late charge, making three birdies over four holes to get within one shot. But at the end, he three-putted from 70 feet for a 67.

Woods has six official victories over the past six months, but he lives for the moment, and his lasting memory of yesterday was missing a 5-foot par putt. He said nothing during a long, winding walk up stairs afterward.

How about that 67?

"I didn't really do anything all that special today," Woods said.

Phil Mickelson rallied from a double bogey in the water with four birdies over his final six holes to match Woods at 67, and they were joined by Adam Scott.

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