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  Friday, 14 June, 2002, 20:16 GMT 21:16 UK
Woods reigns in Bethpage rain
A worker clears standing water from the 18th green at Bethpage
Rain has turned the Bethpage course into a swamp

Tiger Woods picked up on Friday where he left off in the first round of the US Open with a breathtaking round of 68.

Padraig Harrington was the only player able to get close to Woods, also carding a superb 68 to finish two under par.

Playing through heavy rain for most of his round, the Irishman made three birdies and, incredibly, just one bogey.

Woods had earlier refused to let the rain get in the way of his quest for another major title, as he sloshed his way around the Bethpage Black Course.

Woods' round left him with a three-stroke lead on a soggy, gloomy day, which left everyone else struggling just to break par.

Most of top contenders, including Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson, teed off late in the incessant rain, facing an already fearsome course that was dotted with impromptu rivers.

In those conditions, no one, apart from Harrington, made a run at Woods. Still, he refused to declare victory.
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia reacts to a poor shot

"I've still got to play 36 holes," he said.

"It's not over yet."

Garcia was one shot behind Woods after the first round, but he ran into trouble on his second hole Friday.

At number 11, the Spaniard knocked his first two shots in the thick rough, then overshot the green and wound up taking double bogey.

After 12 holes, he was two over for the day and even for the tournament.

KJ Choi, who opened with a 69, had a birdie at the par-five fourth hole to at least keep Woods within shouting distance. But two bogeys soon followed and he dropped back to even.

Mickelson, coming off a 70, pulled off one of his typical shots - holing a wedge from the fairway - but was still two over.

Dudley Hart and Jeff Maggert were among just six players who eclipsed par in the first round, both shooting 69. They both dropped back on Friday.


US Open: Second-round scores
(US unless stated)

135 Tiger Woods 67-68
138 Padraig Harrington 70 68
143 Billy Mayfair 69-74
144 Scott McCarron 72-72
145 Steve Flesch 72-73, Charles Howell 71-74
146 Jay Haas 73-73, Jeff Sluman 73-73, Nick Faldo (Gbr) 70-76, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 73-73, Hidemichi Tanaka (Jpn) 73-73
147 Nick Price (Zim) 72-75, David Toms 74-73
148 Thomas Levet (Fra) 71-77, Bernhard Langer (Ger) 72-76, Greg Norman (Aus) 75-73, Luke Donald (Gbr) 76-72, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 71-77, Chris DiMarco 74-74, Darren Clarke (Ire) 74-74

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BBC golf correspondent Tony Adamson
"Woods played extremely well again"
Tiger Woods
"I'm pleased with the way I'm striking the ball"
Ireland's Padraig Harrington
"It was a good day to play well"
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