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Newz Forum: GOLF: Second round finally finished, Cink leads Tiger

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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.

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