Stanley one clear in Florida
American Kyle Stanley shot a four-under-par 66 at PGA National to take a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Honda Classic.
Last Updated: 05/03/11 5:07pm
American Kyle Stanley shot a four-under-par 66 at PGA National in Florida to take a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Honda Classic.
With the windy conditions easing as the second day wore on, Stanley took full advantage of his late tee-off time to make six birdies and two bogeys on his way to six under overall.
The American, who began his week Palm Beach Gardens with an opening 68, is still chasing a first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour.
"I like playing these conditions," he said. "I think it kind of really brings a feel aspect into it and you kind of have to use your instincts and feel."
South Africa's Rory Sabbatini carded the best round of the week so far with a 64 to move into second place, one shot back.
"I knew the conditions were going to be tough, but crazy things happen," said Sabbatini, who needed just nine putts on the back nine and 21 in total.
"I put the ball in the right spots a few times and make a couple of putts, and all of a sudden you stop worrying about everything and you just start trying to make some more birdies.
"I'm the most confident I've been with the putter in a really long time, so that's a key factor for me right there."
Sabbatini's compatriot Charl Schwartzel moved into third place at three under, while Ricky Barnes, Jerry Kelly, Stuart Appleby and Tommy Gainey were a shot further back in a tie for fourth.
World number two Lee Westwood was one of five players at one under after shooting a 69, leaving the Englishman well placed for a top-three finish which would see him replace Germany's Martin Kaymer at the top of the rankings on Monday.
But Westwood will feel he should have finished higher than in a share for eighth after getting to four under for the day and the tournament through 12, only to make three bogeys in his closing six holes.