Notes: Langer's grind, McNulty's roller coaster

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March 17, 2012
John Reger, Special to PGATOUR.COM

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The second round underwent a two-hour and three-minute rain delay, but seems to have dodged more severe weather that was expected. The forecast called for heavy rains for most of Saturday, but the storm passed through quickly and the delay was minimal. In fact several of the players, including first-round leader, Bobby Clampett were out on the practice putting green working on their putting, their caddies holding umbrellas to shield them from the rain.

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Clampett was in the final group with fellow first-round co leaders, Bernhard Langer and Olin Browne and the trio only completed three holes before play was halted.

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Rules officials didn't wait for the weather to get bad to make the decision to play lift, clean and place. They informed players before the second round began.

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It looked like it might be a decent birthday for David Eger, who turned 60 on Saturday. Eger made birdies on two of his first three holes and was tied for the lead early in the second round before play was suspended. After the delay, Eger cooled off, making two bogeys and a double bogey. He rallied with birdies on Nos. 15 and 18 and finished his round even par, tied for fourth.

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Bernhard Langer, one of the co-leaders from the first round, managed to stay near the top of the leaderboard despite not making a birdie for his first 17 holes. He shot even par on the front nine but had two bogeys on the back. He is tied for fourth, three shots behind the leader, Mark Calcavecchia.

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Mark McNulty had a wild round en route to a 1-under 70 and a tie for fourth after two rounds. McNulty made birdies on his first three holes, made a par on No. 4 and then had bogeys on three of his next four holes. His back nine was a bit tamer, he had two birdies and a bogey.

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