Calc Rises Woods Falls at Phoenix Open

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The craziness continues in Phoenix.
 
Thursday, it was flying oranges and alien aces. Friday, it was a record round recorded and a record streak snapped.
 
On a day in which Mark Calcavecchia tied the TPC of Scottsdale course record by shooting an 11-under-par 60, Tiger Woods carded his first over-par round since May of 2000.
 
Calcavecchia posted 11 birdies en route to tying Grant Waite's course record established in 1996. In the process, the two-time Phoenix Open champion (1989, '92) opened a five-shot lead on the field at 17-under-par.
 
'I was on from the get-go,' said Calcavecchia, whose previous career low round on the PGA Tour (62) also came at the Phoenix Open in '96. 'Can I keep going? I want to start the third round right now.'
 
Early morning frost delayed the start of play by an hour on Friday. As a result, darkness officially suspended the second round at 5:50pm local time. Thirty-six players have yet to complete their second 18 holes. They will do so on an expected soggy Saturday morning.
 
First-round co-leader Scott Verplank is now in second place at 12-under following a 5-under-par 66. Stewart Cink and Scott McCarron share third place at 11-under. McCarron shot 65 in the second round, while Cink still has to complete two holes.
 
Defending champion Tom Lehman began the second round in a tie for first, but now finds himself nine off the lead after a 1-under-par 70. The third of the overnight leaders, Brad Elder, is now at 3-under following a 75.
 
Calcavecchia began his second round with a birdie at the par-4 10th. He then made a clutch par at the 11th, which Calc called 'the key to my round.'
 
Calcavecchia made the turn in 5-under-par 31. A birdie at the first, his 10th hole of the day, gave him sole possession of the lead at 12-under. He then added to his advantage by birdying the third, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth holes.
 
Calcavecchia has played his last 24 holes in 16-under. His 125 aggregate total through two rounds is a new Phoenix Open record; it also ties the all-time mark set by Tiger Woods at the 2000 WGC-NEC Invitational.
 
Using his claw-like putting grip, the 40-year-old needed only 23 swipes of the flatstick on the day. A winner of nine PGA Tour events, Calcavecchia is in search of his first triumph since the 1998 Honda Classic.
 
Calcavecchia also has new Ping-headed driver in his bag. Friday, he hit 11 of 14 fairways, averaging 285 yards off the tee.
 
'I've never hit it this far in my life - not even close,' Calcavecchia said. 'I'm in a groove. If I can keep that going with my swing then I'll be in good shape this weekend.'
 
While Calc rocketed up the leaderboard, Woods fell mightily. Tiger began the day just one shot off the lead after shooting an effortless 5-under-par 66 in the first round. Friday, however, Woods struggled with all facets of his game - particularly, with his putting.
 
'I had so many putts I lipped out that just didn't go in,' Woods said. 'It's the kind of round I've been turning into 68s, 69s or 70s. But the putts wouldn't drop.'
 
Three-over-par through 12 holes, Tiger made a late surge to save his streak. He birdied the par-5 13th to get to two-over for the day. But following a par at the 14th, Woods hit two shots into the water at the par-5 15th. He managed to make bogey, but did so on a hole where he was looking for eagle.

Needing to play the final three holes in three-under, Woods nearly chipped in for eagle at the short par-4 17th. He settled for birdie, his only red number over the final three holes, for a round of 2-over-par 73.
 
Tiger's streak officially came to an end at 52 consecutive rounds at par or better on the PGA Tour, and 60 straight rounds worldwide. Prior to Friday, his last round over par was a 3-over-par 73 in the first round of the Byron Nelson Classic on May 11, 2000.
 
'It was a good streak,' Tiger said. 'I'd like to have another one.'
 
While one streak is over, one still remains. Woods has made the cut in 61 consecutive tournaments, dating back to the 1998 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he withdrew when the final round was postponed until August.
 
Tiger wasn't the only player to have a streak snapped on Friday. Phil Mickelson's stretch of 31 straight rounds at par or better on the PGA Tour ended with a 1-over-par 72 in the second round. The 1996 Phoenix Open champion's streak was second only to Tiger's.
 
Mickelson stands at 1-over-par for the tournament and is in danger of missing the cut.
 
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