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Tiger Woods, the world's No. 2 player, rolled in eight birdie putts in shooting a 7-under-par 65 in Friday's second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Blue Monster at Trump Doral.
Woods, who had nine birdies and 23 putts in a round of 66 Thursday, was at 13-under-par 131 for a two-shot lead over Graeme McDowell. Woods' 17 birdies were a personal best for the first two rounds of any tournament.
McDowell fired a bogey-free 67 to finish at 11 under and earn a spot in the final twosome. Phil Mickelson and Stricker also shot 67 to end up in a tie for third at 10 under.
Woods hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation and needed only 26 putts Friday. He hit into three greenside bunkers and got up and down each time.
He said he got off to a sluggish start, but everything changed when he hit a "sweet little 4-iron" to 4 ½ feet on the 239-yard, par-3 fourth hole and made the birdie putt. He picked up three more birdies on the next four holes to get to 10 under. Birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 put him in the lead for good.
McDowell, who has not made a bogey, went out in 1-under 35 on the back nine. He got to 3 under for the round, took a look at the scoreboard and finished with birdies on Nos. 8 and 9.
Romero takes leads: Andres Romero shot his second straight 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
China turns to Norman: The China Golf Association on Friday appointed Greg Norman the exclusive advisory coach of its national golf team to get ready for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and improve China's global standing in golf beyond the Olympics.
Norman, a two-time British Open champion and former No. 1 player in the world, will development a comprehensive plan of instruction, nutrition, mental training and course management, along with providing his own tournament experience.