Tiger roars into contention with barnstorming 63

Fri Nov 8, 2013 11:46am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - Tiger Woods showed precisely why he is the world's number one golfer on Friday, producing a swashbuckling tournament-best 63 to burst into title contention after the second round of the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open.

The 14-times major winner's buccaneering nine-under-par effort left him one stroke behind leading quartet, European money-list leader Henrik Stenson (68), Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (65), Justin Walters of South Africa (66) and Britain's Ian Poulter (66).

Tiger's tail seemed to have been tweaked by a late blunder on the final hole of his rain-delayed opening round earlier in the day.

The American dunked his second shot into the water at the 18th and marched off the green with a disappointing bogey six.

Woods only had enough time for a quick snack before he was back out on the first tee for the second round and he looked like a man on a mission as he charged to the turn in 30 strokes with five birdies.

The 37-year-old kept his foot firmly down on the gas on the back nine, four more birdies delighting the crowd on the Mediterranean coast of Antalya.

"It was a round that could have been really special," Woods told reporters after finishing on 11-under 133 on a sun-kissed day at the penultimate event of the European season. "I made some putts but I also probably missed four putts inside 10 feet.

"We are going to have to continue to go low here the way the course is set up and with how soft it's playing. It's so receptive that it lends itself to a lot of birdies.   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. tees off on the fourth hole during the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in the south west city of Antalya November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas