Their Ryder Cup experience was so miserable, the magnitude of the United States' loss to Europe so great, Tiger Woods and Kenny Perry decided to pull out of the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa.

Chris DiMarco didn't, and now he's in contention to win the tournament.

DiMarco shook off the disappointment he has felt since last weekend to shoot yesterday's best round, a 7-under 65, and put some pressure on leader Vijay Singh, who followed up his opening-round 64 with a steady-as-he-goes 68.

Singh leads 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis by two shots with DiMarco another stroke back.

Singh actually had a bogey -- his only one in two days -- but opened with two straight birdies and added three more during a round that could have been even better if he hadn't missed several short putts.

Singh, who can set a PGA Tour season money record by winning the $756,000 first prize, liked how he putted despite the results. He blamed several misses on the still-maturing and tough-to-read greens at the 7,471-yard Mystic Rock course, all 18 of which were rebuilt after being criticized by last year's field for being too soft and too easy.

* LPGA TOUR: Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, looking to extend to her streak of winning a tournament to eight years, shot a 5-under 66 and took a one-stroke lead over Christina Kim after two rounds of the Longs Drugs Challenge in Auburn, Calif.

Inkster, a two-time winner of the nine-year-old tournament, was at 10-under 132 after her seven-birdie, two-bogey round.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Craig Stadler shot a 7-under 65, good for a two-shot lead over defending champion D.A. Weibring and Wayne Levi after the first round of the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.

* EUROPE: Colin Montgomerie shot a 5-over-par 77 and missed the cut at the Heritage in Woburn, England, five days after making the winning putt for Europe at the Ryder Cup.

Graeme McDowell had a 68 and Phillip Price a 67 to share the second-round lead at 9-under 135.