Rookie James Hahn and Roberto Castro maintained their lead by shooting five-under 67s in the second round of the PGA Tour’s US$5.6 million Humana Challenge on Friday.
Hahn and Castro are both chasing a first PGA Tour victory and are at 14 under par.
“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,” Castro said.
Hahn had an eagle and a nice birdie stretch in the second half of his round.
Just one stroke back were Darron Stiles, Scott Stallings and Richard Lee, who each shot 65 and moved into a tie for third place.
Jason Kokrak had shared the first-round lead with Castro and Hahn. Kokrak shot 69 on Friday and dropped into a tie for sixth place at 12-under with eight others.
Joining Kokrak were rookies Lee Williams and David Lingmerth, Zach Johnson, Kevin Stadler, Charles Howell, Charley Hoffman and Australia’s Aaron Baddeley and Greg Chalmers.
The best rounds among that group came from Lingmerth (64), Williams (65) and Howell (65), all on the Nicklaus Course.
Phil Mickelson, who has been battling a virus, rebounded on the second day for a 67, following up a first-round 72.
Mickelson rolled in seven birdies and had a pair of bogeys on Friday.
Last week’s winner, Russell Henley, remained in contention at 11-under.