HEIDELBERG, Germany, May 18 (UPI) -- Alex Cejka, a native son in search of his first title in seven years, shot a 2-under-par 70 on Saturday and shares the lead with Scotland's Colin Montgomerie after the second round of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.
Montgomerie fired a 68 on Saturday to tie for the lead at 134 while Tiger Woods, the defending champion, carded a third-round 67 to tie for seventh at 136 at the midway point.
The 31-year-old Cejka has three European PGA Tour titles, but they all came in 1995. He shared the lead entering the final round at last year's British Open and tied for 13th. After shooting a 64 on Friday, Cejka is not lacking for confidence in a possible showdown with Woods.
"The first time I played with him in a tournament -- the Open Championship in 1996 -- I outscored him in the last round and finished ahead of him in the tournament, so why not here as well?" Cejka said.
Woods, the top-ranked player in the world, made up a 10-shot deficit at this juncture last year.
Montgomerie, growing more comfortable with his "belly putter," made a 10-foot eagle putt on 17 following a five wood approach. He added five other birdies in his round.
Nursing a bad back, Montgomerie had at least a share of the lead after the first round at the Perrier Open and Benson and Hedges International, but didn't win either event.
Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, playing with a muscle tear in his thigh suffered during a fishing trip, shot a 68 on Saturday and shares second place with Mark Piklington and Ian Woosnam of Wales and Richard Green of Australia at 135.
Justin Rose and Greg Owen of Britain joined Woods at 136.