Tiger Woods shot a 9-under 63 on Friday to trim a six-stroke deficit to one after the second round of the Turkish Open in Belek.
Woods completed seven holes of his rain-delayed first round for a 70 on Friday morning. After an hour break, he didn't drop a shot and had nine birdies in the second round.
Woods was in fifth place at 11-under 133, just a shot behind the Henrik Stenson (68), Ian Poulter (66), Victor Dubuisson (65) and Justin Walters (66).
Woods said he'd been awake since 3:30 a.m. local time watching TV coverage of his alma mater Stanford beating Oregon 26-20. Chris Kirk shot a second straight 4-under 66 at Sea Island (Ga.) to take a one-stroke lead at the McGladrey Classic. Kevin Chappell (68), Webb Simpson (68), John Senden (67) and Briny Baird (70) shared second at 7-under 133. Eighteen players didn't finish the second round, but none were closer than three shots to Kirk. Adam Scott shot a 4-under 67 and took a two-stroke lead over David McKenzie (69) at the Australian PGA in Gold Coast. Scott was at 10-under 132.
Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the penultimate race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title. The five-time NASCAR champion turned a lap of 139.222 mph to earn the top starting spot for Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. Matt Kenseth will start 14th at the one-mile oval. Kenseth trails Johnson by seven points. Mark Martin, 54, said he has no plans to race beyond next week's Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead, Fla. Erik Jones became the youngest winner in NASCAR Truck Series history at 17 years and 4 months. He won at PIR in his fifth start for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Chase Elliott was five months older when he won in September in Bowmanville, Ontario. Top Fuel points leader Shawn Langdon topped qualifying in the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
A federal judge ruled a lawsuit challenging the way the NCAA has used the images and likenesses of college athletes can move forward, but denied class action status to the plaintiffs that could have potentially put the NCAA on the hook for billions of dollars in damages. The ruling was handed down by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Northern California. Former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon is the lead plaintiff. Stanislas Wawrinka beat David Ferrer 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 and reached the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Wawrinka also needed Rafael Nadal to beat Thomas Berdych to advance. Nadal, who had already clinched a place in the semifinals, won 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Novak Djokovic will play Wawrinka in the semifinals. The winner of Saturday's Juan Martin del Potro-Roger Federer match will face Nadal. The New York Yankees will bring back their entire coaching staff next year under manager Joe Girardi, including Tony Pena (bench) and Larry Rothschild (pitching). Noora Raty made 58 saves, Karolina Rantamaki and Susanna Tapani scored in a nine-second span in the second period and Finland upset the United States 3-1 in the Four Nations Cup women's hockey tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y. Canada beat Sweden 4-3 in the other semifinal. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said officials "are starting now the consultations" on whether to move the 2022 World Cup from a June-July slot to avoid summer heat in Qatar.