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Tiger back to the top at Oz Open

Tiger Woods flourished in balmy morning conditions to claim a one-stroke advantage halfway through the Australian Open on Friday, leading a tournament overnight for the first time this year.

other Updated: Nov 12, 2011 00:21 IST

Tiger Woods flourished in balmy morning conditions to claim a one-stroke advantage halfway through the Australian Open on Friday, leading a tournament overnight for the first time this year.

The 35-year-old former world number one was delighted with his round of 67 to reach the clubhouse at nine-under par, a shot clear of local veteran Peter O'Malley, whose six-under 66 was the lowest score of the day.

Aussie world number seven Jason Day, who played with his boyhood hero Woods in front of packed galleries at the Lakes course for the first two rounds, was a further shot back in third on seven-under after a 68.

Almost two years since his 95th and last title at the Australian Masters, though, most attention was focused on the fortunes of the greatest golfer of the last couple of decades, some say of all time.

Fourteen-times Major winner Woods, who earlier this week expressed his belief that he could once again dominate golf, was in no doubt he is playing as well as he has since his return from injury and reconstructing his swing.

Chiragh best Indian at singapore

Singapore: Chiragh Kumar continued his fine run, carding a bogey-free three-under 68 on a rain-delayed day to be the best-placed Indian at tied 30th after the second round of the $6 million Barclays Singapore Open.

Chiragh dropped three birdies at the more difficult Rahil Gangjee and Jeev Milkha Singh, the two Indians in top-10 after the first round fell back, but Jeev still has seven holes to play and SSP Chowrasia, at two-under, has eight more holes to play.

James Morrison held the clubhouse lead at 12-under par after following up his opening 62 with a second round of 68.