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TIGER STRUGGLES THROUGH TOUGH BIRTHDAY ROUND

Golf got the better of Tiger Woods on his birthday.

The world's best golfer turned 24 Thursday as he played in the Williams World Challenge in Scottsdale, Ariz. Though he got a bear hug from his dad on the No. 1 tee and a rendition of "Happy Birthday, Dear Tiger" from the gallery around the 18th green, it was a round Woods would just as soon forget.

Struggling most of the day with his swing and occasionally mumbling to himself, Woods shot an even-par 70. Good enough for most mortals, but not up to Tiger standards.

That left him two shots behind Tom Lehman, who shot 65, and one back of David Duval. Duval, paired with Woods, shot 69.

"It was one of those days," said Woods, who spent the remaining hours of daylight on the practice range.

"I didn't hit the ball the way I wanted to. I didn't putt the way I wanted to," Woods said. "I really didn't do anything right. What I did do was hang in there."

Lehman is at 7-under 133 heading into Saturday's third round. Duval, who shared the first-round lead with Woods, is at 134 and Woods at 135.

Woods had trouble finding consistency from any club in his bag.

"I didn't drive the ball in the fairway. I didn't shape my shots correctly," he said.

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