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Tiger Climbs Into Contention at Augusta

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Tiger Woods made great strides Friday in effort to capture his fourth consecutive major championship. David Duval did the same in trying to win his first.
 
Woods birdied three of his final four holes in the second round for a 6-under-par 66. Tiger carded eight birdies and two bogeys on the day to finish with a 36-hole total of 8-under 136.
 
Tigers first two rounds of 70-66 are identical to his opening two rounds in his championship year of 1997.
 
Its not a bad thing, Woods said of the correlation between the two years. I did alright that year. Hopefully, Ill do it again.
 
However, four years ago, Woods led the event by three shots entering the weekend. This time, he will be trailing.
 
Chris DiMarco, who shot 65 to lead by one as the day began, overcame a bogey at the 1st to card a 3-under-par 69. He made the turn at 8-under, and picked up two more shots with a birdies at the par-3 12th and the par-5 15th.
 
The Masters rookie concluded his round with a pair of impressive par saves over his final two holes to lead at 10-under.
 
DiMarco is three shots clear of Duval (66), Steve Stricker (71), Lee Janzen (70) and Angel Cabrera (71).
 
Stricker held sole possession of the lead at 9-under, but bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes to finish at minus 7.
 
Duval, who is playing in his first competitive event in five weeks due to tendinitis in his right wrist, bogeyed the par-5 15th for the second day in a row, but rebounded with birdies on 16 and 18 to card a back-nine 32.
 
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal is once again in contention. The 35-year-old Spaniard fired a 4-under-par 68 to move to 6-under for the tournament.
 
'I think I know how to win around here as well as anyone. Granted I haven't done it...but I'm looking forward to doing it this weekend,' said Duval, who has finished in the top-6 each of the last three years at Augusta National.
 
Hes tied with Mark Calcavecchia, who also birdied 16 and 18 to shoot 66.
 
Not everyone produced a red number Friday. Greg Norman endured another Masters mishap by shooting a 10-over-par 82 in the second round. The three-time Masters runner-up, who began the day at 1-under, recorded 10 bogeys, including eight in a ten-hole stretch.
 
Norman entered the event with high expectations, and even higher semblance. Fifteen years ago, a 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus defeated Norman for his sixth Green Jacket.
 
Therefore, it only seemed appropriate that at age 46, Norman would contend in 2001. Such was not the case. The Shark posted only one eagle and one birdie over 36 holes.
 
One word ' ugly, said Norman in describing his performance. Nothing you can do; just move onto next week.
 
Most everyone else will focus on the present; where Woods may not yet be leading, but is commanding most of the attention.
 
Tigers march up the leaderboard began with four birdies over his first eight holes. Despite a bogey at the 9th, Woods birdied both par-5s on the back nine to move to 7-under for the tournament.
 
A second bogey occurred at the par-3 16th, but once again Woods rallied by sinking a pair of eight-foot birdie putts over each of his final two holes.
 
I felt like anything in the 60s was going to be great, said Woods, who took 28 putts in the second round. The golf course is only going to get tougher over the weekend.
 
In 1997, Woods ran way with the event over the weekend with rounds of 65-69. He finished the event at 18-under-par, 12 strokes clear of his nearest competitor.
 
In the four years since, Woods has added four more majors to his resume and 40 more pounds to his frame.
 
But if youre wondering ' and the Masters committee may be ' Tigers jacket size is still the same.
 
Full Coverage of the 2001 Masters Tournament