LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A day after shooting an 8-under 64 to take the overnight lead, Charlie Wi is just 1 under through his first 15 holes here in the second round. In other words, he’s playing the more difficult Magnolia Course.
The difference between the Palm and Magnolia Courses in the opening round was just over two strokes. Today, there’s less than a half-stroke difference between the two.
The latter makes the 66 Ryuji Imada shot on the Magnolia in Round 2 all the more impressive. Imada is 9 under through the first two rounds, along with Matt Jones, who shot 64 on the Palm Course.
Four others, including Wi, are also at 9 under, though they all have holes left to play. Among that group? Charles Howell III.
For whatever reason, Howell always seems to play some of his best golf this time of year. He tied for 11th at the Frys.com Open and seventh at The McGladrey Classic, and he’s in contention here again, where he’s tied for ninth twice since 2006.
As for the top 125 on the money list, you can track the live projected standings here .
Prior to the second round of the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Doug Bell and Dennis Paulson from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio describe the conditions for good scoring.
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM Louis Oosthuizen is certainly enjoying his time at the HSBC Champions. He can thank his putter for a good part of it. Showing the same form that won him the 2010 British Open, Oosthuizen tied the event record with a 9-under 63 -- setting the 36-hole scoring mark in a WGC event in the process -- to take a five-shot lead at 16 under on The Olazabal Course at Mission Hills on Friday in Shenzhen, China. "I made putts," said Oosthuizen, also 11 under on the par 5s this week. "I putted great." Before those putts started to fall, Oosthuizen opened par-bogey. But then he birdied Nos. 3 and 5, eagled the seventh, and then birdied Nos. 8, 9, 10 and 11. He also birdied 15 and 16. Ernie Els, who carded a 29 on the front nine (which would tie his lowest on the PGA TOUR) en route to a 63, was at 11 under with Adam Scott (68). Jason Dufner (66) and Shane Lowry (68) were tied for fourth at 10 under. Phil Mickelson (69) and Dustin Johnson (68) were tied for sixth at 9 under. Oosthuizen, who has birdied or eagled every par 5 through 36 holes, didn't win on the PGA TOUR this season, but did record five top-five finishes. "Still two rounds left," Oosthuizen told Golf Channel. "I'm going to go out tomorrow, same game plan, give myself as many birdie putts as I can and just hope I can make some putts like I did today."
Watch Phil Mickelson card a birdie 3 on the 12th hole on Friday.
Jason Dufner nearly holes his approach on the par-4 14th hole.
Ernie Els carded a 29 on the front nine and kept it rolling with a birdie on No. 12.
It's been quite a season for Ernie Els. And he's not done yet, either. Els carded a 7-under 29 on his front nine en route to a 9-under 63 at the HSBC Champions on Friday in China. He's five shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen. The 29 would have matched the career-best nine-hole score Els shot at the 2002 British Open -- but the HSBC is a non-sanctioned event. His 29 at the 2002 British also came on the front nine and also in the second round. Els won that week. Will history repeat itself at this week's HSBC? Els, who rallied to win the 2012 British Open, has nine top 25s and five top 10s on the PGA TOUR this season.
As the threat of inclement weather forces tee times to be moved up for the second straight day at the CIMB Classic, the Golf Channel is once again changing and expanding its coverage.
The broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET and run for five hours rather than four. Robert Garrigus is 14 under and leads by two over Jbe' Kruger while Greg Chalmers and first-round leader Troy Matteson are four behind.
Tiger Woods trails by five strokes and defending champion Bo Van Pelt is among a group at 7 under.