Tiger Woods walked off the 18th green thinking he had had a pretty good round. It looked even better after Stuart Appleby ran into trouble on the last two holes.
After notching an eagle and seven birdies, Appleby bogeyed Nos. 17 and 18 yesterday, leaving him tied with Woods at 10-under 134 after the second round of the Western Open in Lemont, Ill. Both shot 6-under 66s yesterday.
Mike Brisky, the first-round leader, shot a 69 and is one shot back at 9-under 135. Vijay Singh, the 1998 runner-up, is among four at 7-under 137 in the $2.5 million tournament on the 7,073-yard Dubsdread course at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club.
"I feel bad for Stuart, but I feel pretty good for myself," said Woods, who won the Western Open in 1997. "To finish like that is always tough, especially with how well he was playing."
After bogeying the par-4 No. 4, Appleby seemed to get in a groove. He had birdies on Nos. 5, 7 and 9, including a tough, 15-foot uphill putt on the seventh. He made a 12-foot putt on the 10th to go 8 under and catch Woods, who was playing a hole in front of him.
Appleby went two better on the next hole. He put his tee shot on the par-5 11th straight down the left side of the fairway, about 220 yards from the green. He cleared a clump of trees with a 5-iron, managed to get around a dogleg and landed 10 feet from the pin.
He made the putt for the eagle, putting him at 10 under.
"Pretty good golf," Appleby said. "Good putting. I was making my chances when they were there. Pretty much no trouble golf."
At least not until the last two holes, when he missed par putts of three and eight feet.
LPGA: Mardi Lunn took the best that Karrie Webb could throw at her, then calmly rebuilt her lead to three strokes after the second round of the Jamie Farr Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Webb, gunning for her sixth victory of the season, strung together seven consecutive birdies in a round of 66, yet shaved only one stroke off Lunn's lead of 10-under-par 132, three ahead of Jenny Lidback, who shot 68, and four ahead of Webb.
"It's nice to have her chasing you," Lunn said of Webb, with more than a hint of sarcasm.
Lunn held on down the stretch, however, belying the fact that she has never finished higher than third in 129 LPGA starts.
VA. AMATEUR: Keith Decker has been there before; Steve Marino hasn't. But that doesn't bother the 19-year-old University of Virginia sophomore as he prepares for today's 36-hole, match-play championship of the Virginia State Golf Association's Amateur in Lynchburg against Decker, a two-time champion.
In yesterday's quarterfinals, Marino (W.T. Woodson) dispatched 1990 champion Henry Klein, 5 and 4, over the 6,748-yard Boonsboro Country Club course, then opened his afternoon semifinal match against medalist Faber Jamerson by eagling two of the first three holes en route to a 1-up victory.