Hahn, Castro maintain lead
Last updated: 19th January 2013
The unheralded rookie James Hahn and Roberto Castro maintained their lead at the top of the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge after both players carded 67s in the second round on Friday.
Both players are yet to register a win on the PGA Tour and went into the clubhouse at 14-under par.
"I played well all day. Some nice up-and-downs on the par-fives for birdies, a couple slipped away there at the end," Castro said after his round.
"Same situation as yesterday, my playing partner was making a bunch of birdies too and we both kind of got going and had the mojo going the right way, so it was a good day.
"Yesterday I made a 50-footer on the last on a good putt. Today I felt like I hit a good putt and three-putted. So that stuff is going to even out over 72 holes."
The Korean-born Hahn started his round off slowly, but made an eagle and went on a run of birdies later in the round to get a share of the lead going into the third round.
"I started off slow," the 31-year-old said.
"But I hit some good shots and had a stretch of a birdie, eagle, birdie, and that was pretty much my round."
On 13-under, one stroke behind the pair is Darron Stiles, Scott Stallings and Richard H Lee, who carded a fine 65 to take a share of third position.
First round co-leader Jason Kokrak is in a tie for the sixth place another shot further behind after his 69 on Friday.
With Kokrak on 12-under is Zach Johnson, Kevin Stadler, Charles Howell, Charley Hoffman and Australia's Aaron Baddeley and Greg Chalmers, as well as rookies Lee Williams and David Lingmerth.
In the group on 12-under, Lingmerth (64) Williams (65) and Howell (65),shot the best rounds on the Nicklaus Course.
Southpaw Phil Mickelson responded well on Friday after a first round 72 to card a 67, despite suffering from a viral infection.
Apart from two bogeys, he had an excellent round nonetheless which included seven birdies.
"The last two holes was the first time that I actually hit solid shots and my rhythm felt good and I made good swings," said Mickelson, who is making his season debut.
"I've been quick from the top, my rhythm has been off, and I've hit a bunch of squirrely shots.
"I made a lot of rusty mistakes, like that three-putt there, but it feels a lot better, the last couple holes feel a lot better, I'm looking forward to tomorrow's round."
Unusual for a four-round USPGA Tour event, the cut at Humana will come after the third round after everyone has played each of the three par-72 courses in use.
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