Paddy cake?

British Open champion Padraig Harrington started the day in fourth place at 6 under.

But he had a bogey on the first hole, managed only a par on the reachable par-5 second hole, then put two balls in the water on the par-3 third on his way to a quadruple-bogey 7.

Harrington shot a 41 on the front nine to drop back to 1 under. It equaled the worst front nine score of the week, by Colin Montgomerie in the opening round.

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Fast start

Tiger Woods birdied the first two holes Saturday to increase his lead to five strokes over Jim Furyk.

The conditions are tremendous, with the temperatures in the low 60s under sunny skies, with little wind.

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Course record, tournament record

Tiger’s 62 is not only a Sherwood Country Club course record, it’s a tournament record. It’s also the third round of 62 or lower in 2007. Brandt Snedeker had a 61 at the Buick Invitaitonal in San Diego and Zach Johnson had a 60 at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

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End-of-the-year awards

Tiger Woods won the PGA Tour player of the year award, an award voted on by his peers. Brandt Snedeker was named rookie of the year, Jay Haas the Champions Tour player of the year, Steve Stricker the comeback player of the year and Nick Flanagan the Nationwide Tour player of the year.

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Tiger talks

Tiger Woods did his press conference this afternoon for the Target World Challenge. People asked customary questions about his swing, offseason, PGA Tour player of the year award and then came the tabloid stuff. A Britain woman who is believed to be from a British TV station or a dating Web site – it was unclear which – asked Tiger some offensive questions. She asked his opinion on her sex life and after several tasteless questions, the microphone finally was pulled from her and a Tiger Woods Foundation official tore off the bottom portion of her media pass to invalidate it. Woods handled the situation well, at one point saying, “You’ll have to figure that out.”
The woman, who was unfortunately sitting next to me, was dressed like she was going to a Hollywood club afterward. She said before the press conference that she “got dressed up just to ask Tiger one question.” She was clearly not a legitimate reporter. It’s doubtful she’ll ever get within a driver’s length of Woods again.

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