Woods Survives Cut Sabbatini Leads


2006 Nissan OpenPACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Rory Sabbatini fired a 6-under 65 Friday to move four strokes clear of the field through 36 holes of the Nissan Open. Sabbatini stands at 10-under-par 132 through two rounds.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods struggled mightily on Friday. Woods is battling the flu, and a surprise rain storm caught him late in his round without rain gear. Put those factors together and they are part of the reason Woods struggled to a 3-over 74. He made the cut on the number at 1-over-par 143.
Tiger Woods
A sick Tiger Woods couldn't get the ball to roll his way Friday.
Thomas Levet posted his second-straight 68 to share second place at 6-under- par 136. Craig Barlow shot a 69 to join Levet at minus-6.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman is one stroke further back at minus-five. He was joined there by Jason Schultz, Lee Westwood, first-round co-leader Dean Wilson, Tim Clark, Bob Estes and Trevor Immelman.
The first round was completed early Friday at Riviera Country Club after the round was suspended due to darkness Thursday night with eight players remaining on the course.
Woods started on the 10th tee Friday and opened with two pars. He birdied the 12th to move to minus-3, but stumbled to consecutive bogeys at 13 and 14.
The 30-year-old, who has never won here in 10 career starts, parred his next seven holes. Woods bogeyed the fourth, his 13th, but atoned for that error with a birdie at the next. He closed with consecutive bogeys to end on the cut line.
Sabbatini also played the back nine first on Friday and tripped to a bogey on the 10th. He got that stroke back with a birdie on the par-four 13th.
The South African parred the next then caught fire. Sabbatini birdied the 15th and 16th and made it three straight as he birdied the par-5 17th.
Sabbatini also birdied 18 to make the turn at minus-8. Around the turn, the 2003 FBR Capital Open winner birdied the first to make it five straight birdies.
The 29-year-old recorded another bogey on the par-4 third. Sabbatini stretched his lead with back-to-back birdies from the seventh.
'I'm more relaxed out here on tour. I'm not getting as down on myself as I used to,' Sabbatini said. 'I had a good pairing this week. Paul Stankowski and I had a good time out there. We both had a great back nine. I had a good finish here a couple years ago (tying for second in 2002), so I am comfortable here.'
Justin Rose, who shared the first-round lead with Wilson, faltered to a 3-over 74.
He dropped into a share of 11th place at 4-under-par 138. He stands alongside Paul Stankowski, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Sutherland, Nick Watney, K.J. Choi, two-time winner here Fred Couples, Brian Gay and last week's winner Arron Oberholser.
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