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Ted Tryba Leads Buick Invitational

February 13, 1999

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Ted Tryba shot a second straight 7-under-par 65 on Friday and held a one-shot lead over Dennis Paulson at the midway point of the Buick Invitational.

Tryba, who played the South Course at Torrey Pines, was at 14-under-par 130 after two rounds.

Paulson opened his round with a tournament record-tying 7-under 29 on the back nine of the South Course, and finished with an 8-under 64 for a 131 total.

``I don’t want to shake a stick at a 65,″ said Tryba, who missed the cut in five of six previous appearances at Torrey Pines. ``But realistically, I have to put myself in the mind frame that I can shoot better.″

Paulson had two eagles and six birdies in tying the mark set by Brian Henninger in last year’s tourney for the low score on the South’s back nine.

``That back nine was about as fun as it can get,″ said Paulson, who played on the Nike Tour the last two years. ``After No. 15, I told my caddie, `This is a joke. I’m hitting everything today.‴

Frank Lickliter, who trailed by two shots after the first round, shot a 66 on the South Course and was three shots off the pace. Next at four back was Billy Ray Brown, who had a 65 on the tougher North Course.

Tiger Woods had a rough day with double bogeys on the 10th and 14th holes of South Course, both par-4s, and finished with a 71 for a total 139, tied for 36th place.

Wood’s tee shot landed amid shrubs on the 14th hole. He took a drop in the bushes and placed his next shot behind a pine tree.

On the 10th hole, Woods landed a shot over the gallery in a flower bed, where he received a free drop because of grounds under repair.

Brown, who had a first-round 69, closed with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole, just as he did on the South Course in the opening round Thursday.

After a bogey on the fourth hole of the second round, Brown stood was 1-over for the day but he rebounded on the next hole for the first of six birdies.

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