Date: March 24, 2007
Author: Sportal

Pampling fires

Tiger Woods has taken a huge step towards his 14th World Championship win, with the American recovering from a poor first round to top the leaderboard after the second day while Aussie Rod Pampling just two shots behind. Trailing Henrik Stenson (73) and Robert Allenby (74) by four after his opening 71, Woods charged into the halfway lead with a superb six-under-par 66 in the CA Championship over Doral&aposs Blue Monster course. With Stenson having four bogeys in the last seven holes and Allenby dropping back even further, Woods ended the day two ahead of Pampling. The world No.1 was not even stopped in his tracks by a late downpour. He birdied the 17th and escaped with a par on the fearsome 467-yard last by holing an 11-foot putt. Pampling, who holed his approach to the 442-yard sixth for an eagle two, scored 69 to leave Stenson sharing third place with a group that included Aaron Baddeley (71), Peter Ogilvy (69) and Ernie Els (70). “It was a tough day,” said Stenson, trying for a second World Championship victory of the season and a third win in four starts. “The key is hitting the fairways and I didn&apost. That was the difference between yesterday and today,” he said. Baddeley, though, seemed to be having no trouble with the conditions during the first nine holes as he hit three birdies, yet two bogeys on the back nine took him back to third. Just one shot behind is Ogilvy, who enjoyed a superb back nine, with the Australian hitting three birdies, while first round leader Robert Allenby ended with a 74 to tie in 10th. CA Championships -7: Tiger Woods 71 66 -5: Rod Pampling (Australia) 70 69 -4: Thomas Bjorn 68 72, Zach Johnson 72 68, Charles Howell III 69 71, Ernie Els 70 70, Henrik Stenson 67 73, Trevor Immelman 72 68, Aaron Baddeley(Australia) 69 71, -3: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 72 69, Tom Pernice Jr 70 70, Sergio Garcia 71 70, Ian Poulter 73 68, Robert Allenby (Australia) 67 74. Also: -1: Nathan Green (Australia) 72 71 E: Nick O&aposHern (Australia) 72 72 3: Adam Scott (Australia) 76 71 7: Stuart Appleby (Australia) 79 72