The position atop the leader board should be familiar to Tiger Woods. So should the company he will be keeping at the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Championship.

Woods sprinkled in a few birdies with some solid par saves for a 3-under-par 67 yesterday at cool, blustery Cottonwood Valley in Irving, Tex., and took a one-shot lead for the second week in a row. The surprise is who will join him on the first tee this afternoon -- 47-year-old Mark O'Meara, his best buddy on tour.

Instead of a practice round at a major championship or a casual round at Isleworth when they're home in Florida, they will be in the final group of a $5.8 million tournament that means something to both for different reasons.

Woods, the No. 1 player in the world, has come under severe scrutiny for a game that has produced only one victory this year and no majors in his last seven tries.

"I've always felt comfortable when I've been in the lead," Woods said, although he lost the 36-hole lead last week at the Wachovia Championship, ending a five-year streak of winning when he led going into the weekend. . . .

Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 and shared a one-stroke lead with Pat Hurst in the weather-delayed second round of the LPGA Tour Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Franklin, Tenn. Play was called because of darkness with 19 golfers on the course.

-- Associated Press