Allenby Rose Share Lead in Boston

By Sports NetworkSeptember 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNORTON, Mass. -- Robert Allenby used an ace on the 16th hole to shoot a 5-under 66 and share the second-round lead of the Deutsche Bank Championship with Justin Rose, who shot a 69 on Saturday. The pair is knotted at 6-under-par 136.
Unfortunately, a familiar face is lurking just behind the co-leaders.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods had a frustrating day at the TPC of Boston, posting a 1-over 72 to lose the lead.
Tiger Woods, a winner in his last four starts, including two major championships, struggled to a 1-over-par 72 on Saturday and is tied for third place at minus-4.
'I'm very lucky today,' admitted Woods. 'It didn't look so good in the morning. I saw The Weather Channel this morning and it looked terrible coming out, but we dodged it.'
Woods' game was not sharp on Saturday and swirling winds could not have helped. He badly pulled his first drive of the round at the 10th, but saved par. Woods did not at the next hole as he hit a poor 6-iron approach and could not recover.
He bogeyed the 13th, but answered with a short birdie putt at No. 15. Woods recorded another bogey at 16 and his second nine did not offer much promise.
Woods continued to spray his tee balls and saved an amazing par at the second when his tee ball landed in the trees. His second almost landed in a hazard, but he ended two-putting for par.
Two holes later, Woods hit a tree with his drive, then again on his backswing and follow through. Of course Woods nearly holed the flop shot, but instead drained a 20-footer to save par.
Woods rolled in another birdie putt at the sixth and had a good look at birdie on his last hole, but narrowly missed.
'I'll tell you what, if I would have made the putt on the last hole, it would have gone down as the greatest 71 of all time for me,' said Woods. 'It was tough. I didn't hit it very good, and the wind conditions didn't make it any easier.'
While Woods was hitting it all over the lot, Allenby was sharp. He played the back nine first and broke into red figures with a birdie at the par-4 15th hole.
At 16, Allenby pulled out a 4-iron and played a little draw. The ball stopped about 10 feet short of the hole, but ran straight into the bottom of the cup.
'It pitched exactly where I wanted it to land, about seven or eight feet short of the hole and then released up to the hole, which was perfect, and went in,' said Allenby.
The ace prompted some strong play from the Australian. He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt at 17 and a 15-footer at the 18th to close out his opening nine at 5-under par over the last four holes.
On the par-5 second hole, Allenby hit a 6-iron over the green and could not save par. He hit a 6-iron at the next hole to set up an 8-foot birdie putt, but dropped another stroke at the fourth.
Allenby collected his final birdie at the par-3 eighth when he ran home a 12-footer from under the hole.
'I hit a lot of good shots, hit a lot of fairways, and made some good putts,' said Allenby.
Rose flew out of the gate on Saturday with two birdies in his first three holes, both from inside 6 feet. He dropped shots at the seventh and ninth holes, and continued to struggle hitting greens on the second nine.
He missed the green with a 6-iron at the 11th, but pitched in from almost 15 feet. At the next par-3, the 16th, Rose once again did not land on the putting surface. He holed out another pitch, this with a fuller swing, and grabbed his share of the lead.
'My short game kept me in there,' said Rose. 'On a day like today when you're not going to hit every green, the emphasis comes on the short game, and it came through for me today.'
Woods was joined in third place by defending champion Olin Browne (69) and Aaron Baddeley (71).
Len Mattiace (69), Bob May (72), PGA Championship runner-up Shaun Micheel (70) and a pair of players who will make their Ryder Cup debuts later this month, J.J. Henry (71) and Robert Karlsson (71), are tied for sixth place at 3-under-par 138.
The 36-hole cut fell at 3-over-par 145 with 80 players making the cut.
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