Tiger Woods decided yesterday not to play in the Memorial as he recovers from knee surgery, meaning he likely will go to the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines without having played a tournament in two months.

Woods, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 15, had hoped to play before the U.S. Open, the week of June 9. But his office notified the PGA Tour that he would not enter the Memorial.

Memorial officials learned at the 5 p.m. deadline that Adam Scott had changed his mind and also would not play.

The tournament, which starts Thursday at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, still has eight of the top 10 in the world rankings.

PGA Tour

FORT WORTH, Texas - Phil Mickelson had 11 one-putts and converted all six sand saves in a 2-under-par 68 in the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. That gave him the lead at 7-under 133.

The world's No. 2-ranked player led Matt Kuchar (64), Brian Gay (65) and Johnson Wagner (71) by a stroke.

PGA of America

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Closing with a 25-foot putt for birdie, Tom Purtzer put a dent in Oak Hill Country Club's stingy reputation to take the lead after the second round of the Senior PGA Championship.

Purtzer, a five-time PGA Tour winner, shot a 3-under 67 to go to even-par 140 for the tournament. That put him 1 up on Jay Haas, the first-round leader, who shot a 2-over 72, and Massy Kuramoto, who finished the day with a round of 2 under.

Bill Sautter, teaching pro at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, and Pete Oakley, director of golf at the Rookery in Lincoln, Del., carded two-round totals of 13-over 153, a stroke over the cut.

George Foster, director of golf at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, had a 19-over 159.

Ed Dougherty, the Champions Tour pro out of Edgmont Country Club, was 21 over at 161.

Former tennis champion Chris Evert was rooting for fiance Greg Norman, who shot a 73 for a two-day total of 145.


CORNING, N.Y. - Dina Ammaccapane, who had six birdies and three bogeys, shot her second consecutive 69 for a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the LPGA Corning Classic at Corning Country Club.

Ammaccapane was at 6-under 138. First-round leader Erica Blasberg (74), Janice Moodie (68), Wendy Ward (70) and Katie Futcher (69) were a shot back.

European Tour

VIRGINIA WATER, England - Paul McGinley finished birdie-eagle for a 6-under 66 and set a record 36-hole total to lead by 4 strokes at 13-under 131 over Robert Karlsson and Miles Tunnicliff in the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club.