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Westwood takes lead at The Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Lee Westwood tries to peak for the biggest tournaments. Though he doesn't put The Players Championship in his top five, it's big enough that he is playing some of his best golf going into the weekend.

Westwood ran off three straight birdies to start his back nine Friday on his way to a 7-under-par 65 to build a one-shot lead over Heath Slocum, Francesco Molinari of Italy and Ryuji Imada.

"As you get older, it gets harder to peak all the time when you want to," said Westwood, a 37-year-old Englishman. "You have to pick and choose your ones, and you want to play well in the biggest tournaments. And this is one of the biggest tournaments."

Westwood was at 12-under 132, the lowest score to lead after 36 holes at TPC since 1994, when Greg Norman was at 14 under on his way to setting the 72-hole record.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson shot 1-under 71 and are nine shots back at 3 under.

Fan Tasered, arrested

A 36-year-old man attending the TPC was subdued by a Taser. Travis Parmelee, of Jacksonville, was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, said St. John's County Sheriff's office Capt. Dave Messenger.

Messenger said course marshals notified officers that Parmelee was yelling at players and being belligerent near the 11th hole. Officers responded and attempted to calm Parmelee down, but they said he became more combative.

They tried to take Parmelee into custody, but he resisted and was Tasered once. "He was at the point where it was time for law enforcement to step in," Messenger said. "Our goal is to escort people off the property, but it was clear he wasn't going to go with us."

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