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Woods one back of Stenson, Poulter at Turkish Airlines Open

Second Round –European Tour – Turkish Airlines Open – The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course – Antalya, Turkey –

Tiger Woods shot a course-record 9-under-63 to make a big move in the second round at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Woods, the World. No. 1 ranked player, is just a shot back of four players tied for the lead at 12-under including Race To Dubai Standings leader Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter.

A 4-to-1 betting favorite heading into the week at Ladbrokes.com, Woods (70-63) navigated the Colin Montgomerie-designed Montgomerie Maxx Royal without issue Friday in round two. With five victories in the 2013 PGA Tour seasons, Woods ended up second to Stenson in the tour’s FedEx Cup race.

For Stenson, who carded 64 in the opening round, he leads the Race To Dubai Standings over Graeme McDowell by less than $200,000 and Justin Rose by about $300,000. Fighting a wrist injury, Stenson looks primed heading into the weekend.

Poulter, who finished runner-up to Dustin Johnson last week at the WGC-HSBC Champions, shot 66-66 to open up in Turkey. A 16-1 pick to win it, Poulter is 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking and is looking for his first victory in a year.

France’s Victor Dubuisson (108th in the world) and South Africa’s Justin Walters are both tied for the lead and long-shots to win it. Dubuisson was 80-1 to start the week. It could be a long weekend for those two with all of the firepower at the top of the leader board.

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