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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 00:50 GMT 01:50 UK
Woods nears record
FUNAI CLASSIC LEADERBOARD
South Africa's Brenden Pappas
63 Brenden Pappas (RSA)
64 John Huston, Pat Perez , Vijay Singh (FIJ)
65 Dan Forsman, Rocco Mediate, David Peoples
66 Paul Azinger, Ben Crane, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Deane Pappas (RSA), Corey Pavin, Dicky Pride, John Rollins, Scott Verplank, Tiger Woods

US unless stated
South Africa's Brenden Pappas took a one-shot lead after shooting a nine-under-par 63 in the first round of the Funai Classic on Thursday, as world number one Tiger Woods closed in on a new world record.

Pappas moved clear of Fiji's Vijay Singh, John Huston and Pat Perez in second place, while Rocco Mediate, David Peoples and Dan Forsman shared fifth on 65.

Woods was in a group of nine players on 66, as he moved within 18 holes of matching the PGA Tour record of making 113 consecutive cuts, equalling Byron Nelson's run in the 1940s.

"The greens were soft and smooth, and you could be aggressive," said Woods.

"I played solid all day and kept myself out of trouble. I only missed two greens, but you had to make some putts. I did that early but did not make any putts coming home."

Pappas made 10 birdies with a superb display of putting to make up for some wayward tee shots.

"I putted unbelievably well," said Pappas, whose brother Deane is three shots back on 66.

"It was a surreal feeling standing over a putt knowing you were going to make it."

The Funai is being played at two par-72 courses in the Walt Disney World Resort, the Palm and Magnolia, for the first two rounds. The final two rounds will be played at the Magnolia.




SEE ALSO
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