KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) -- Bernhard Langer closed with back-to-back birdies to shoot a 7-under 65 Friday for a 15-under-129 total and a one-shot lead over Fred Couples after the second round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Hudson Swafford beat the rain Friday in the CareerBuilder Challenge, and Phil Mickelson played his best in the worst of the conditions. ''I actually wanted to play in the rain, so I could experiment with myself,'' Lee said. Winless in his four-year PGA Tour career, the former Georgia star had a bogey-free round on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West after opening the pro-am tournament Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.
Jan 20 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge at the par-72 course on Friday in La Quinta, California -14 Hudson Swafford (U.S.) 65 65 -13 Dominic Bozzelli (U.S.) 64 67 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 67 64 -12 Brian Harman (U.S.) 67 65 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 68 64 -10 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 68 66 Greg Owen (Britain) 67 67 Martin Laird (Britain) 68 66 -9 Harold Varner III (U.S.) 65 70 Charles Howell III (U.S.) 67 68 Chad Campbell (U.S.) 66 69 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 69 66 -8 Paul Casey (Britain) 67 69 Aaron Wise (U.S.) 68 68 Bud Cauley (U.S. ...
(Reuters) - American journeyman Hudson Swafford, seeking his first PGA Tour title, continued to reap the benefits of hard work on his swing as he earned a one-shot lead after Friday's second round of the $5.8 million CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. On a rare wet and cold day in the California desert, Swafford birdied three of the four par-fives to card a seven-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event formerly called the Bob Hope Classic. Swafford, who produced good form last week to tie for 13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii, posted a 14-under total of 130, with first-round leader Dominic Bozzelli and New Zealand's Danny Lee equal second on 13-under.
Danny Willett has 2+ months to rediscover his game before making a pressure-filled return to Augusta National as the defending Masters champion. Rounds of 74 and 76 saw Willett become the biggest name to miss the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday. ''I think if I'm playing bad, the attention will die down quite nicely, to be honest,'' Willett said, when asked if the build-up to the Masters will be a hindrance.
(Reuters) - German Martin Kaymer stayed on course for a fourth title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a second consecutive round of 66 to seize the halfway lead on Friday. The straight-hitting Kaymer again found the course and conditions to his liking to move one stroke clear on 12 under. Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello also carded a six-under 66 to move to 11 under for his two rounds.
German Martin Kaymer stayed on course for a fourth title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a second consecutive round of 66 to seize the halfway lead on Friday. The straight-hitting Kaymer again found the course and conditions to his liking to move one stroke clear on 12 under. Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello also carded a six-under 66 to move to 11 under for his two rounds.
''My favorite golf course,'' Kaymer said after tapping in a birdie on the par-5 18th to nudge ahead of Rafa Cabrera Bello with a 12-under 132 total. ''He's a dangerous player around here,'' said Henrik Stenson, who gave up his first-round lead to his Ryder Cup teammate. The 53rd-ranked Kaymer should have had another in 2015, only to throw away a 10-shot lead with 13 holes to play and get reeled in by Gary Stal.
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