Tiger roars into contention with 63

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Tiger Woods showed precisely why he is the world's No. 1 golfer yesterday, posting a stunning tournament-best 63 to burst into title contention after the second round of the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in Belek.

The 14-time major winner's sparkling 9-under-par effort left him one stroke behind leading quartet, European money-list leader Henrik Stenson (68) of Sweden, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (65), Justin Walters of South Africa (66) and Britain's Ian Poulter (66), who were at 12 under.

Tiger's tail seemed to have been tweaked by a late blunder on the final hole of his rain-delayed opening round earlier in the day. The 37-year-old dunked his second shot into the water at the 18th and marched off the green with a disappointing bogey six for a 70.

Woods had time for a quick snack before he was back out on the first tee for the second round and he looked like a man on a mission as he charged to the turn in 30 strokes with five birdies. The American kept his foot firmly down on the gas on the back nine, four more birdies delighting fans on the Mediterranean coast of Antalya.

In New Delhi, Siddikur of Bangladesh shot a second consecutive 6-under-par 66 for a two-shot clubhouse lead at the Indian Open as the second round ended early because of bad light yesterday.

The premature end left 26 players still to finish the round at the Asian Tour event.

Siddikur, who shot a bogey-free first round to share the lead with five others, eagled the par-5 first hole before bogeying twice and rebounding with six birdies.

He was at 12 under overall, two strokes ahead of Chapchai Nirat of Thailand, who shot a 68. Angelo Que of the Philippines (68) and SS Chowrasia of India (68) were tied for third at 7 under.

However, Adam Groom of Australia and Rahil Gangjee of India were also in the mix at 8 under with two holes to play.

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