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Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas and American Boo Weekley shared the lead after the second round of the Bob Hope Classic.

Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas and American Boo Weekley share the lead after Thursday’s second round of the 90-hole Bob Hope Classic.
Vegas, still a rookie and the first Venezuelan to play on the PGA Tour, added a 67 to his opening 64 to take his total to 13 under par while Weekley, a former Ryder Cup player, was adding a 66 to his opening 65.
American duo Charles Howell and Chris Couch are a shot off the pace, with England’s Brian Davis a shot further back on 11 under after shooting a 66 on the Nicklaus Course at PGA West, one of four being used for this five-round event.
Overnight leader Derek Lamely is five shots off the pace after struggling to a second-round 73, 10 shots worse than his opening effort.
But even 73 represented something of an achievement following his nightmarish quintuple-bogey nine on just his second hole of the day.
That came after a birdie on the first and was followed by four bogeys, an eagle and another birdie in a front nine of 41 that featuring just one par on the ninth.
To his credit, Lamely regained his composure sufficiently to play the back nine in 32 with four birdies.
Scotland’s Martin Laird carded a second successive 68 to join Lamely on eight under par.
Vegas later revealed it was Tiger Woods who got him interested in pursuing a career in the game.
“I started watching golf on TV when Tiger Woods won the ’97 Masters,” Vegas told www.pgatour.com.
“That’s kind of when I really started watching a little golf and developing that passion of wanting to be a professional golfer and so that’s kind of one of the things that led to me being here.”
Asked about leading a tournament for the first time on the tour, he added: “It’s a lot of fun. That’s the way I take it.
“I’m enjoying it as much as I can because we know how complicated golf can be.”

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