posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 02:55 PM
AKRON, Ohio -- Stewart Cink threatened to turn the NEC Invitational into a runaway Saturday morning, making two birdies to start his long day at
Firestone before Tiger Woods began closing the gap.
Cink, who ended with a 40-yard chip-in for birdie when heavy rain suspended the second round Friday, returned to hole a 25-foot birdie putt on the
11th and then stuffed his tee shot into 5 feet for another birdie on the 12th.
That gave him a five-shot lead, but a bogey from the bunker slowed him down and he wound up with a 2-under 68.
Cink was at 9-under 131, and had a three-shot lead over Woods and Rory Sabbatini, who each shot 66.
Woods, a three-time winner at Firestone South, finished off this rain delay much better this time.
He returned Friday morning to complete a bogey-bogey-bogey finish. Saturday morning, he made three straight birdies and missed another good chance
from 5 feet.
"I wanted to make two birdies coming in and get to 5 (under), so that was a bonus," Woods said. "At least I'm still right there."
David Toms was among 24 players who finished the second round Friday afternoon just ahead of a downpour that made the venerable course unplayable,
with puddles around the cup and small streams cutting through the fairway.