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Tiger Woods is in a place he hasnt been in 30 months

ORLANDO, Fla. babyliss curl secret prix . -- Tiger Woods is in a place he hasnt been in 30 months -- atop the leaderboard on the PGA Tour going into the weekend. With alarming control, Woods putted for birdie on every hole and made short work of the par 5s Friday at Bay Hill for a 7-under 65, giving him a share of the lead with Charlie Wi after two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. "A lot of positives today," Woods said. Wi, the 54-hole leader at Pebble Beach this year, rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on his last hole for a 68 to join Woods at 10-under 134. Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell had an eagle-par-birdie finish for a 63, while Jason Dufner extended his solid play on the Florida swing with a 69. They were one shot behind at 135. Woods last had the 36-hole lead in any tour event at the Australian Open in November, and he tied for third. On the PGA Tour, go all the way back to the Tour Championship in September 2009 to find the last time he was atop the leaderboard going into the weekend. It looks even more ominous at Bay Hill, where Woods is a six-time winner. "I want to win. Yes, absolutely," he said. "Weve got a long way to go. Its not like its over right now. Weve got 36 holes to go." Woods at least is in better shape than he was two weeks ago. His future looked as muddled as ever when Woods was taken off the golf course in a cart at Doral because of soreness and swelling in his left Achilles tendon, the same injury that forced him to miss three months and two majors a year ago. One week later, he was practicing at Augusta National. Now, hes the player everyone is chasing on the weekend. "I saw him on television at Doral and didnt look good there," said Ernie Els, who played with Woods at Bay Hill, and played with him when Woods shot 62 on the last day of the Honda Classic. "Today he was on, and today was the same as I saw at the Honda -- very on." Woods only had a couple of nervous moments. He ran off four straight birdies on the front nine to quickly get into the mix, and then couldnt decide how to play his tee shot on the 10th. It didnt help that earlier in the round, he looked over at adjacent first tee and saw Nick Watney -- affectionately known as "Rube" -- pipe his tee shot out-of-bounds to the right. "I got over there and for some reason Im thinking, You know, I probably really shouldnt hit this driver; Ill take something off of it, and just hit a little softy out there. And bailed on it, because I didnt want to hit it right out-of-bounds," Woods said. "And I chalked that up to just not listening to my instincts of hitting a 3-iron down there or just chipping a 5-wood -- or not watching Ruby hit that shot." Woods was lucky. The snap hook bounced off a net fence protecting the houses, and he had just enough room to play to the middle of the 10th green and walk away with par. He also was disgusted with his approach to the par-5 16th, turning in anger and swiping at the ground. It wasnt a great shot, but it was dry, catching the left side of the green 50 feet away and setting up a two-putt birdie. Woods also had a two-putt birdie at the par-5 sixth. He made birdies on the other par 5s with his wedge game. Over two rounds, he has had such improved control of his play that he hit 19 consecutive greens in regulation at one point. That streak ended on the 13th hole Friday, when he two-putted for par from on the fringe. Some of that is familiarity. "Ive had a few places where Ive felt comfortable and Ive played well, and this is one of them," Woods said. "For some reason, I just understand how to play it." And some of that is becoming more confident with his swing, especially how far he is hitting the ball. Woods said he was not hitting his irons as well before going to work with Sean Foley, and a straighter, tighter ball flight has led to more distance -- and more adjustments. He felt as though he hit the ball better on Thursday in a round of 69, although he didnt have nearly as many birdie chances. "My bad days are not as bad as they used to be," Woods said. It was the fifth time Woods had had at least a share of the 36-hole lead at Bay Hill, and he has failed to win only once from that position. Woods served up several reminders that the tournament is only halfway over, along with gentle rebukes that it hasnt been that long that hes been in the hunt. He was tied for the 54-hole lead at Abu Dhabi, finishing third behind Robert Rock. Woods played well at the Australian Open until a poor third round. As for winning, he counts that birdie-birdie finish to win the Chevron World Challenge, which counted toward the world ranking even though it featured an 18-man field from the top 50 in the world. "So it really has not been as long as people might think it has been," Woods said. "Im comfortable up there, and I feel like Im playing well. Weve still got a long way to go. We still have 36 holes to go. Still need to continue doing what Im doing out there, just kind of plodding my way along." Wi, who shared the 18-hole lead with Dufner, birdied four of his last six holes to catch up to Woods. From the right rough on the ninth hole, he hammered out a shot to 25 feet below the cup for one last birdie. Wi and Woods grew up in southern California and have known each other since their junior days, though Wi is four years older. "Tiger is the man, and its going to be fun tomorrow," Wi said. The best round came from McDowell, and it was a reminder of how far he has come in one year. McDowell had a dream season in 2010 by winning the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, winning the decisive point for Europe in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, then ending the year with a record comeback against Woods in the Chevron World Challenge. McDowell had a hard time managing his time, much less his expectations, and the eye-opener was at Bay Hill last year when he shot 80. This time, McDowell was 17 shots better. "That 80 was a wake-up call, but I didnt wake up for another four months or so," McDowell said. "It was more of the panic button. It was a pretty awful four or five months for me. "But like I say, I feel like you learn more from those types of experiences than you do from shooting 63 at Bay Hill. Theres not much to learn out there except that if you play great and hole some putts, you can go low." Thats just what he did. Dufner set the early pace and was the first to reach 10 under until going for the green on the par-5 sixth, misjudging the wind and going into the water to make bogey. Even so, it was another solid round in Florida. Dufner had the lead going into the weekend at Innisbrook, and now he is one shot behind at Bay Hill. "I think any given day, I can go out and shoot 5 or 6 under, do it pretty comfortably," Dufner said. "If the putter were to get hot, I feel like I could shoot some lower scores. There has not been a lot of stressful situations that last two or three weeks." The stress might pick up Saturday. Woods brings energy to the course when hes around the lead, especially at Bay Hill, and especially when its been so long since he has won on the PGA Tour. He has gone 27 PGA Tour events without a trophy. babyliss curl secret pas che . The Premier League club said the early indications were that the operation to repair a stress fracture in Wilsheres right ankle was a success. babyliss curl secret . The No. 1 sports story of 2013 will be announced during TSNs Christmas Eve tradition, the SportsCentre: Year In Review presented by PokerStars.net, airing Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8pm et on TSN (encore at Midnight et/9pm pt on TSN) and hosted by Darren Dutchyshen and Jennifer Hedger. Along with counting down the Top 10 stories of 2013, the show also unveils the years Top 10 highlights, lowlights, and sound bites, as well as a special edition of the Ultimate SC.Rubens Barrichello will test an IndyCar next week for KV Racing. Its not clear if the test will bring the Brazilian Formula One driver to IndyCar for 2012. Barrichello is scheduled to be at Sebring International Raceway driving a Dallara DW12 for KV Racing, a person familiar with the test told AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the 2-day test session is exploratory for both Barrichello and the race team. Fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan, a close friend of Barrichellos who drives for KV Racing, posted Wednesday night on Twitter that Barrichello would be testing. "As we couldnt keep a secret anymore," Kanaan wrote, indicating in the post Barrichello would be helping the team with feedback. Next weeks test could be a feeler to see if Barrichello has any interest in possibly racing in IndyCar in 2012, or if he can offer any technical assistance to KV, which has partnered with Chevrolet this season. Barrichello has spent the last 19 seasons in Formula One, but was replaced last week at Williams by Bruno Senna. He has no seat lined up in F1 for the 2012 season. "I wont be driving the Williams car this year," he posted last week on his Twitter page. "I wish my friend (Senna) all the best. The future is wide open." A few days later, he responded to well-wishers again via Twitter, indicating he planned to race a bit longer. "when I said that things wwere open is because I still have lots of speed on me," he posted. babyliss perfect curl. . "just like an old friend said: racing is in my blood." Barrichello is an 11-time winner in F1. He has 68 podium finishes, but none last season. The Brazilian notched a pair of ninth-place finishes last season, and ended the year with only four points. Barrichello has scored the eighth highest points total in Formula One history, spent five years as teammate to Michael Schumacher at Ferrari and was championship runner-up twice, in 2002 and 2004. He became the first driver to reach 300 Grand Prix entries and 300 starts in 2010, and served as chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers Association. Hes been quoted in the past as saying his wife would not let him race in the IndyCar Series, and its not clear if Barrichello was serious. Drivers from around the world have expressed concern about the compatibility of the IndyCar and high-banked oval tracks, and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in the Oct. 16 season finale at Las Vegas. The IndyCar Series presently has only four ovals on its announced 2012 schedule. Barrichello is close with Kanaan, who drove last season for KV and is scheduled to return to the team in 2012. KV Racing fielded three entries last season, for Kanaan, Takumo Sato and EJ Viso. Kanaan finished a team-best fifth in the final IndyCar standings. ' ' '

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