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Claxton, the first-round leader, was joined in the lead by Greg Owen (67) and
Daniel Summerhays (65).
Chris Stroud shot five-under 66 at El Camaleon Golf Course to move into fourth
place at minus-seven.
Robert Allenby (67), Kevin Stadler (68) and Richard S. Johnson (66) share
fifth place at six-under-par 136.
Claxton started with a birdie on the second. He picked up his next birdie at
the fifth before he parred the next four holes.
Around the turn, Claxton moved to minus-eight with a birdie on the 10th. After
four more pars, he stumbled to a bogey on the par-three 15th. Claxton
recovered that stroke with a birdie on the 17th. He parred the last to share
"Yesterday afternoon and this morning conditions were similar. Probably the
wind was a little gustier today, but I've just kind of had good control over
my ball," Claxton stated. "Certainly, I had a couple of good breaks here and
there and putted the ball well, just doing all the things you do when you're
Owen played the back nine first on Friday and parred his first eight holes. He
converted a birdie effort on the 18th to make the turn at minus-five.
The 40-year-old birdied the second and fifth before stumbling to a bogey on
the par-four sixth. Owen bounced back with a birdie at seven and closed with
another birdie at the last to end at eight-under.
"I played really well today. Tough conditions, and drove it in most of the
fairways and just kept plugging away and took some chances," said Owen, who
tied for ninth at Pebble Beach.
Summerhays poured in three birdies in a four-hole span from the second.
Another birdie on the par-five seventh moved him to minus-six.
The 28-year-old Summerhays stumbled to a bogey on the par-four ninth. Around
the turn, he atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the 12th. Summerhays
also birdied the 14th and 18th to grab a piece of the lead.
NOTES: The cut line fell at three-over-par 145 with 75 players moving on to
the weekend...Among those that missed the cut where Jhonattan Vegas, former
Open Champion Ben Curtis, 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel, John Cook and
course designer Greg Norman...Nick Price was among four players that withdrew