Woods takes lead at Australian Open

Tiger Woods, trying to end a two-year winless drought, is back

in a familiar place – atop the leaderboard at the Australian Open

after nine holes of his second round on Friday.

Woods began play at The Lakes on the 10th hole three strokes

behind first-round leader Jarrod Lyle. Woods moved two strokes

ahead of Lyle, who hasn’t begun play, with a 5-under-par 32 on his

outward nine that included birdies at 10, 13, 14, 16 and 18.

Fellow American Nick Watney, playing in the group behind Woods,

was also at 7 under, level with Lyle.

Woods, who was at 9 under after 27 holes, had an opening-round


His last win was at the Australian Masters in Melbourne in

November 2009.