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Woods A Gracious Host

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It was cold; it was wet; and it was windy. But no matter what she threw at Vijay Singh, Mother Nature couldnt keep him from scorching the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
 
Singh birdied his first four holes on the back nine en route to a 6-under-par 66. He stands at 10-under 134 through 36 holes, one shot removed from tournament host Tiger Woods.
 
Woods made six birdies in the second round, none more impressive than the one on the par-5 16th. Having hit his tee shot into the left rough, he opted to forgo a free drop due to cart-path interference. Upon his downswing on his second shot, Tigers spikes slipped on the concrete surface, though he maintained his follow through and played a brilliant shot just short of the green, from where he pitched to a foot.
 
It wasnt easy, Ill tell you that, Woods said of his round. It was cold all day. Its one of those things ' you just have to suck it up and play.
 
Singh did just that ' managing to post a bogey-free round, in the process. His ultimate test came on the days final hole. Singh hit a horrible tee shot, and then played his approach over the green into the back rough. But as delicate as he is diligent, Singh chipped his third shot within three feet of the hole and converted the par save.
 
'I did not like the weather,' Singh said. 'It was kind of damp. Considering the weather, I played pretty steady.'
 
Singh is winless on the PGA Tour since his 2000 Masters triumph; though, this is an unofficial event. He did win twice on the European Tour in 2001.
 
Woods and Singh werent the only players to successfully navigate the elemental hurdles. Swedens Jesper Parnevik recorded one eagle, nine birdies and four bogeys in moving to 6-under-par 138 for the tournament. This years Honda Classic winner started his day at 1-over, but birdied his first three holes to jumpstart a round of 7-under 65.
 
It was the complete opposite of yesterday, said Parnevik, who bogeyed three of his first four holes in the first round.
 
Overnight co-leader Fred Couples was comfortably near the top of the leaderboard for the majority of round two, until the par-3 15th.
 
Couples, who received a sponsors exemption, was two off the pace at 8-under, when his tee shot at No. 15 came up short of the green. His ball managed to stay dry, hanging in the coarse rough. Unable to ground his club in the hazard, Couples chose to take a penalty drop and recorded a double bogey-6 to fall back to even par for the day.
 
Couples (71) did manage to birdie the final hole to enter the weekend tied at 7-under-par with Bernhard Langer (68).
 
Fellow Day-1 co-leader ' and tournament invitee ' Mark OMeara (74) struggled throughout the second round. He bogeyed three of his first eight holes, falling to 4-under-par for the tournament.
 
Full-field scores from the Williams World Challenge