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signed up for his first Wynd-
ham Championship knowing
a win would definitively keep
his season from ending.
He s halfway there.
Woods shot a five-under 65
yesterday in North Carolina to
share the second-round lead
with rookie Tom Hoge.
"I m only at the halfway
point," Woods said. "Only 36
holes. We ve still got a long way
Woods and Hoge were at 11-
under 129. Hoge shot a 67.
The sport s biggest name put
himself in prime position to con-
tend for his first victory in more
than two years, one that would
send him into the FedEx Cup
Woods followed his best
round since 2013---a first-day
64---with one almost as good.
He made his big move up the
leaderboard on the back nine,
with birdies on Nos 12 and 13
and an eagle on the par-5 15th
that gave him a share of the lead.
"I just couldn t get anything
out of my rounds (before this
tournament) and a couple lucky
bounces here, take advantage of
those opportunities---it s just the
flow," Woods said.
Now he ll spend today playing
with an unfamiliar rookie. When
asked if he would recognize
Hoge to see him, Woods
responded: "No, I wouldn t.
What is it, or him?"
"I look on the Champions
Tour leaderboard and I know
every one of those guys because
I played against them and I
played with them," Woods said.
"Now I come out here, I don t
really know a lot of people."
Davis Love III and Chad
Campbell were a stroke back.
Campbell shot 65, and the 51-
year-old Love had 66.
Brandt Snedeker matched the
tournament record with a 61
that put him in a group of six
players two strokes behind
Woods and Hoge.
But for the second straight
day, the big story at Sedgefield
Country Club was Woods.
He missed the cuts in the last
three majors and hasn t finished
better than a tie for 17th at the
Masters. At No 187 on the FedEx
Cup points list, he would def-
initely crack the top 125 with a
win and qualify for the Barclays
next week in New Jersey.
Depending on how the math
works out, a solo second-place
finish also might be enough.
He took advantage of some
prime scoring conditions dur-
ing the first round, shooting
that 64 on a course softened
by showers that morning. That
left him two strokes off the
And then, playing under a hot
afternoon sun that sped up those
undulating greens, Woods
almost matched it.
"I wasn t quite as sharp as I
was yesterday," he said.
He capped that run of con-
secutive birdies with a 25-foot
putt on the 13th that drew a
mighty roar from the huge
Then came his eagle.
He placed his second shot
about ten feet behind the hole
and, after his downhill putt fell
into the hole, he followed with
his trademark fist pump.
And as strong as his round
was, it also easily could have
been even better.
He settled for birdie on the
par-five fifth when his ten-foot
eagle putt lipped out, then
missed a 15-foot birdie putt on
the next hole. He left a ten-foot
birdie putt an inch from the hole
on the ninth. (AP)
Woods claims share of lead at Wyndham
BEIJING---Training-wise, Allyson Felix thinks
she s fit enough to run the 200 and 400 meters
at the world championships.
Timing-wise, the schedule just doesn t work
out. It s a situation that irks the usually stoic
American sprinter, who qualified in both events
but will focus only on the 400 in Beijing.
Here s the dilemma: The semifinals of the
200---her signature event and the one she cap-
tured gold at the 2012 London Olympics---is on
Thursday, with the 400 final to follow 65 minutes
later. No way for Felix to recover that quickly.
"I was disappointed," Felix said Friday, a day
before the start of the worlds. "I wish we would ve
been allowed the opportunity to really go after
"It was a really difficult decision. I felt like I
was in shape that I could do both, but not with
More bad news: Probably won t be possible
next year at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,
either. The tentative schedule is for the first
round of the 200 to begin on the day of the 400
final. Those races are only 75 minutes apart.
Time isn t on her side.
"I would love to have the opportunity to have
the choice to be able do it," said Felix, who may
elect to double in the 100 and 200 like she did
for the London Games. "I guess it s something
we have to see.
International Olympic Committee President
Thomas Bach said yesterday the schedule remains
flexible. Such a switch wouldn t be unprece-
American sprint great Michael Johnson cam-
paigned for a rearrangement of the 200 and 400
events before the 1996 Atlanta Games. He got
his wish and became the first male to win both
at the Olympics.
"The Olympic program has been defined in
principle, but if we have a special case where
we can help an athlete, we would still be ready
to discuss," Bach said. "It would have repercus-
sions on others. Have to see if it would be possible
or not. I can t tell you what the outcome of such
a discussion would be."
IAAF President Lamine Diack said the matter
will be taken under consideration, but "if we
want to accommodate each and every single
athlete, it will be very difficult."
Felix didn t run the 200 at the US champi-
onships in June since she already had a bye into
the event at the worlds courtesy of her 2014
Diamond League title. She only ran the 400 and
breezed to the title.
In years past, she may have opted to run the
200 at the worlds and skip the 400. But she
elected to dabble in an event she s still learning
"I m excited for the challenge," said the 29-
year-old Felix, who is coached by Bobby Kersee.
"I m looking forward to going out there and put-
ting my best foot forward."
Things didn t exactly go well for Felix at the
worlds two years ago in Moscow, when she col-
lapsed during the 200 final with a torn hamstring.
Her brother, Wes, carried her off the track.
Felix had big plans at those championships,
too, possibly winning three medals---one in the
200, along with maybe two more in the 4x100
and 4x400 relays.
That many medals could be in play this time,
too. She plans to run on both relay teams---if
the coaching staff selects her, that is.
"We re getting our chemistry going," Felix
said. "We re looking to put forth a really good
she can't run
BEIJING---His sport under siege, the pres-
ident of the IAAF dismissed the notion that
track and field s credibility has been com-
promised by a storm of doping allegations.
He called it "ridiculous" to suggest the fed-
eration has ever swept evidence of positive
tests under the rug.
"The credibility of our sport has not been
impinged," the IAAF s outgoing president,
Lamine Diack, said during a combative news
conference yesterday, the eve of world cham-
Diack s protests aside, the lead-up to worlds
have been swamped by doping questions.
Citing leaked test results from an IAAF data-
base, media outlets in Germany and Britain
have asserted that doping was rampant in
track and field and the IAAF wasn t doing
enough to stop it. Since then, the IAAF
announced that 28 athletes had been caught
in retests of samples from the 2005 and 2007
Appearing with Diack at the news con-
ference was Thomas Bach, the president of
the International Olympic Committee. Bach
disagreed with the notion that the centerpiece
sport of the games was in deep trouble, and
said doping investigations need to go through
the proper channels, not the media.
"Protecting clean athletes in these cir-
cumstances also means we are not making
allegations against athletes who enjoy the
presumption of innocence," Bach said.
Either way, clean athletes have to deal with
On Thursday, Usain Bolt s news conference
was dominated by questions about doping.
He called it sad, and insisted he couldn t
save the sport by himself.
Yesterday, 1,500-metre runner Jenny Simp-
son of the United States was asked about
the latest doping news: 2012 Olympic cham-
pion Asli Cakir Alptekin s agreement to give
up her 1,500m title and serve an eight-year
ban for blood doping.
"It s an unfortunate situation," Simpson
said. "But my job here is to perform to the
best of my ability. I m encouraging the gov-
erning bodies in charge of regulating athletes
to step up and catch people."
Bach said a proposal by IAAF president-
elect Sebastian Coe that would place an inde-
pendent third party, such as the World Anti-
Doping Agency, in charge of the IAAF testing
program will be discussed in October.
That move would bring the IAAF more in
line with the gold-standard anti-doping pro-
grams, said Travis Tygart, the CEO of the
US Anti-Doping Agency.
"There s an inherent conflict when a sports
organisation whose job it is to promote itself
also attempts to police itself," Tygart told
The Associated Press in a phone interview.
"It ll always go for its best interest."
Tygart called the IAAF s aggressive defense
of its doping program, combined with its
detailed denunciation of the news reports,
"sort of a classic attack" that s to be expected
from a federation under fire.
"It s where you re attacking the messenger
but not thoroughly investigating" the alle-
gations, Tygart said. "That s why we pushed
WADA so hard to do an investigation. Hope-
fully, the commission will be given the
resources to get to the bottom of it."
A WADA commission hopes to have results
of its investigation into all the cases brought
up by the German and British reports by the
end of the year. But already, WADA has said
many of the tests the IAAF was accused of
turning a blind eye to wouldn t have been
considered positive at the time they were
Diack, who is on his way out after serving
as IAAF president for 16 years, clearly isn t
leaving without a fight. He spent about a
half-hour insisting his sport wasn t in bad
shape, and that the media is focusing on the
"If you think one positive result is more
important than 1,000 negative results, well,
there s nothing I can do for you," Diack said.
Diack: Track's credibility
not undermined by doping
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the
second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in
Greensboro, North Carolina, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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