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Updated: 03/09/2013 01:19:01AM

Woods gains solo lead at Doral

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Tiger Woods hits from the third fairway during the second round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Friday, March 8, 2013, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 27, 2012 file photo Greg Norman tees off from the seventh hole during a pro-am event at the Fox Chapel Country Club in Fox Chapel, Pa.,. The China Golf Association has appointed Norman its advisory coach to the national golf team. The former No. 1 player in the world will help develop a golf program and identify China's best players for the 2016 games in Brazil. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Tiger Woods looks over his putt on the ninth green during the second round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Friday, March 8, 2013, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits from an 11th fairway sand trap during the second round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Friday, March 8, 2013, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Phil Mickelson watches his putt stop short of the cup on the 11th green during the second round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Friday, March 8, 2013, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Phil Mickelson smiles as he finishes his second round at the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Steve Stricker hits from the 12th tee during the second round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Friday, March 8, 2013, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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DORAL — Tiger Woods set a personal best with 17 birdies over two rounds on the Blue Monster. What mattered more to him was a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the Cadillac Championship.

On a leaderboard packed with golf’s biggest names, Woods seized control with six birdies in an eight-hole stretch around the turn. That carried him to a 7-under 65, two shots clear of former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (67).

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