Turkish Airlines Open: Tiger Woods shot 63 to sit one behind the leading group

Last Updated: 09/11/13 12:25pm

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Tiger Woods: Closing on leaders

Tiger Woods: Closing on leaders

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Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson are among four players sharing the lead at the halfway stage of the Turkish Airlines Open.

However, they are closely pursued by Tiger Woods, who returned to form with a sparkling 63 to lie just a shot off the pace.

Putting Thursday's poor start behind him, the American completed an opening round of 70 after lightning and heavy rain had curtailed the round by three hours.

Second round leaderboard

GB&Ire unless stated:
-12 J Walters (SA)
-12 I Poulter
-12 H Stenson (Swe)
-12 V Dubuisson (Fra)
-11 T Woods (US)
-10 R Sterne (SA)

Click for collated scores

That left him six behind Stenson's 64 and in glorious conditions Woods struck an iron close at the par-three second on his swift return to the the course, holed from 12 feet at the third, then reached the green in two at the long fourth and two-putted to complete a hat-trick of birdies.

A 15-foot putt at the sixth followed, before sticking his approach to five feet at the ninth to complete a brilliant outward 30.

Woods converted from 18 feet at the 10th, but missed three birdie chances from inside 10 feet over the next four holes.

His response was to hit it even closer; a wonderful approach to three feet at the 15th remarkably bettered two holes later as the ball finished within inches of the cup, with a birdie at the last completing his scoring.

Stenson had birdied four of the last eight holes of his first round upon resuming on Friday morning to surge into a share of the lead, and a second-round 68 was enough to keep the Swede there alongside Poulter, France's Victor Dubuisson and South African Justin Walters.

Stenson and Poulter are first and fourth in The Race to Dubai with only next week's DP Tour World Championship remaining in the European Tour's inaugural final series after this event.

Poulter chipped in at the 14th and holed a curling 30-footer at the 16th as he birdied four of his last six holes for a 12 under halfway total.

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