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Woods nears share of Nelson's record

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods moved within 18 holes of matching an historic PGA Tour record when he shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to start the Funai Classic.

Brenden Pappas took the first-round lead in the event with a 63.

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Barring an unexpected disaster Friday, Woods will be credited with making his 113th straight cut on tour, tying the mark set by Byron Nelson in the 1940s.

The highlight of his round was a birdie at the par-3 16th, his seventh hole, where his 7-iron hit the flag and nestled within tap-in range.

Meanwhile, Pappas had 10 birdies on the Magnolia course. He was even after five holes before reeling off nine birdies in the next 11 holes. Vijay Singh, John Huston and Pat Perez were one shot back.

Singh, locked in a fight with Woods for the money title, helped his cause with a bogey-free round round.

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