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                 === Bjorn moves ahead at World Cup of Golf ===
 
 Melbourne,  Australia  (SportsNetwork.com) - Thomas  Bjorn carded a 3-under 68
 on  Friday to  claim a 1-stroke lead at  the halfway point of the World Cup of
 Golf.
 
 Bjorn,  who is a  14-time winner on the European Tour but is seeking his first
 PGA  Tour  victory, completed  two rounds  at Royal Melbourne  Golf Club at 8-
 under-par 134.
 
 "I  played  really solid today," said  Bjorn in a televised interview. "It got
 very windy and it was a bit tricky, but I love this golf course. It's just the
 way I love playing golf. It suits my eye and I just played solid for two days.
 If I can keep doing more of the same, then I'm in good shape."
 
 Kevin  Streelman held a share of the first-round lead with Bjorn, but posted a
 2-under 69 to sit in second place at 7-under 135.
 
 Jason  Day  (70) and Ricardo  Santos (69) shared  third at 4-under, while Matt
 Kuchar  (68),  Martin Laird (72), Hideto  Tanihara (67) and Stuart Manley (72)
 are tied for fifth at minus-3.
 
 The  tournament consists  of 60  players representing  34 different  countries
 based  on the  Official World Golf Ranking and includes both an individual and
 team  competition.  The top  two players  from each country  are teamed up and
 their scores are combined to account for their team score.
 
 The  United States'  duo of Streelman and Kuchar currently holds the team lead
 at  10-under. Denmark  sits in  second at  7-under thanks  to Bjorn's  two-day
 total.
 
 Streelman  was the  first of the first-round co-leaders to take the course and
 quickly  pulled  ahead  by  opening  his round  with  four  straight  birdies,
 including about a 20-foot putt at the third, to move to 9-under.
 
 "It was a heck of a start," Streelman said. "I just kind of put the ball where
 I needed to and then made some great putts."
 
 A bogey at the eighth dropped him back to minus-8, and he followed that with a
 double-bogey  6 at the ninth to drop his lead to just a stroke over K.J. Choi,
 who had birdied the second to move to 5-under.
 
 Laird  birdied  the second  to meet  Choi in  second before  Choi tripped to a
 double bogey at the fourth to drop three shots off the pace.
 
 Choi was replaced in second by Bjorn, as he bounced back from an opening bogey
 with a birdie at the second to get back to 5-under.
 
 Bjorn  then made  it two  in a  row with  another gain  at the  third to  meet
 Streelman in first at 6-under.
 
 Bjorn  later birdied  the sixth to move  a stroke clear of Streelman and claim
 the  outright  lead. Streelman, however,  answered with  a birdie at the par-5
 15th to join Bjorn atop the leaderboard.
 
 Streelman parred his final three holes to head into the clubhouse at 7-under.
 
 "I  kind of had two  rough holes there in the middle, but I was able to get it
 back together and then finish with a relatively good round," stated Streelman.
 
 Bjorn,  meanwhile,  followed his  birdie at  the sixth  with six straight pars
 before rolling in a birdie at the 13th to claim the outright lead at 8-under.
 
 He  briefly pulled  further away with a  short birdie putt at the 17th, but he
 closed with a 3-putt bogey at the last to end at 8-under.
 
 NOTES: Bjorn is teamed with Thorbjorn Olesen, who is tied for 21st place at 1-
 over-par  143 ...  Choi posted a 3-over 74  in his second round to fall into a
 share  of ninth  place at 1-under 141  ... Kuchar won the team event with Gary
 Woodland the last time this tournament was contested in 2011.
 
 
 11/22 02:41:24 ET

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