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GOLF: K.J. Choi gives up lead, applauds Tiger’s artistry


Tiger Woods of the US drops his club as he tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, on Friday.

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South Korea’s K.J. Choi described Tiger Woods as an artist after relinquishing his overnight lead to the US former world No. 1 in the Chevron World Challenge second round on Friday.

Choi had been three strokes clear at the start of a breezy day in the Santa Monica Mountains, but he ended it three adrift of his playing partner Woods, who carded a five-under-par 67 that was, at times, brilliant.

“To put it simply, today he played like an artist,” Choi, speaking through an interpreter, told reporters about Woods after being outscored by six shots. “He really played well. It’s pretty clear that he’s really recovered and is back in his old form again.”

While Woods recorded two eagles and five birdies on the way to matching the day’s best score, Choi battled after the turn en route to a 73 and a tie for second with the US’ Matt Kuchar at five-under 139.

At the par-three 15th, he hit successive balls into the water guarding the front of the green before running up a quadruple-bogey that dropped him four shots behind Woods.

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