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Baird next in line to end long winless streak
Baird takes lead at CordeValle; Woods 9 shots back
By The Associated Press

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) ' Briny Baird drove the 17th green and made a 15-foot eagle putt for a 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead at the Open and give him a chance to finally win a PGA Tour event.

Baird has gone 347 tournaments over 12 years on tour without hoisting a trophy. But he has been around long enough to know that anything that happen in the final round, especially with Ernie Els and Paul Casey in the last group with him at CordeValle.

Els failed to make up any ground on the easier back nine and had a 67. Casey saved par from a hazard on the final hole to salvage a 68.

Tiger Woods, in his first event in nearly two months, shot a 68 and was nine shots behind.

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