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Byrd is trying to keep his season alive

"It just didn't seem like there was that many people out there,'' Byrd said. "He usually brings everybody out.''

The other debate is whether three weeks in a row is bringing out the best golf.

Some of the players looked like zombies, and there was a sense of fatigue for those who started these "playoffs'' at The Barclays in New York two weeks ago. Others simply couldn't take advantage of such perfect scoring conditions.

Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy took a triple bogey on his fourth hole, No. 13, and never recovered on his way to a 78. Ernie Els, who took last week off to fly home to London, was never under par at any point and shot 72. Vijay Singh had a 74.

Phil Mickelson, of course, didn't play. Lefty is atop the playoff standings over Steve Stricker and Woods, although that could change if either finish second. Stricker and K.J. Choi, who is No. 4, each had 68.

Woods looked like he might be in the hunt the rest of the week, making a half-dozen birdies until his double bogey on the seventh. Woods caught one big break on the par-5 15th, courtesy of players being able to lift, clean and place their golf balls because of the threat of rain that never materialized.

After a poor chip that left him slamming his wedge into the ground and against his bag, Woods replaced his ball on the fringe next to the green, so he could putt through a few inches of fringe instead of a few feet. He holed the 25-footer for birdie.

Otherwise, it was another short day for a short field, and the fatigue of these playoffs showed when it was over.

Hardly anyone went to the practice range. Byrd was among the few, but he didn't stay there long.

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