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Woods equals major championship record

Aug. 10, 2007 at 10:09 PM   |   Comments

TULSA, Okla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods Friday shot the lowest round ever in the 147-year history of major golf tournaments to take the lead at the PGA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.

Woods' 7-under 63 at the Southern Hills Country Club course tied him with multiple players who have shot 63 in major tournaments -- and gave him a two-day total of 6-under 134, two shots in front of Scott Verplank (66) and three ahead of Geoff Ogilvy (68) and Stephen Ames (69).

Woods almost shot 62 Friday. His 12-foot birdie attempt at the closing hole hit the cup and spun out.

"I knew if I made that putt on the last hole it would have been a nice record to have," said Woods, who is seeking his fourth PGA title and his 13th major crown -- but his first major of 2007.

Woods equaled the course record, fired by Raymond Floyd in the opening round at the 1984 PGA. Floyd went on to win that tournament.

Woody Austin (70) was alone in fifth at 138 while Niclas Fasth (68), John Senden (70) and Pat Perez (69) were at 139. Phil Mickelson shot a 69 Friday, but he was eight shots behind Woods.

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