Big finish puts Weir into lead

By wire services
Published February 11, 2006

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Mike Weir closed with three birdies at Poppy Hills to shoot 5-under 67 on Friday, taking the second-round lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

A few par-saving putts about midway through the day kept Weir afloat, and he said he started swinging better during the latter part of the round to get to 14-under.

Aaron Oberholser followed his first-round 65 with a 4-under 68 for second at 11-under. Jonathan Byrd and Fredrik Jacobson were tied with Luke Donald at 10-under.

Donald shot 72 a day after a course-record 62 at Spyglass. He said wind and fog made his round tough. A fortunate bounce off the rocks below the seawall at No.18 saved Donald from a worse score.

With 236 yards to the front of the green, Donald pulled the ball left, and it caromed off the rocks and into the bunker. He then got up and down for birdie.

Choi leads Johnnie Walker

PERTH, Australia - K.J. Choi shot 6-under 66 for a two-shot lead over Kevin Stadler after two rounds of the Johnnie Walker Classic. Choi had six birdies while Stadler, who shared the first-round lead, shot 69 with an eagle at No.18. First-round co-leader Adam Scott shot 71 and was four back. Retief Goosen (72), U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (74) and Colin Montgomerie (74) missed the cut.

OBITUARY: Dick Harmon, part of the most renowned teaching family and son of former Masters champion Claude Harmon, died in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 58, and a cause was not disclosed. Among Mr. Harmon's clients were Masters champions Fred Couples and Craig Stadler and former PGA champion Lanny Wadkins.