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March 25 2011

4:38 PM

Levin still leads -- for now

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Spencer Levin still has the lead after a 2-under 70 Friday at Bay Hill. For how long is another question.

At one point, Levin led by as many as six strokes at 9 under for the week, but a couple of bogeys on the back nine, couples with ideal scoring conditions on what’s been a practically windless day, led to that lead being cut to just two.

The one player to take advantage of those conditions so far? Steve Marino. He shot a 67 and trails Levin by just two.

Marino had six birdies and just one bogey and continued to stripe his irons -- he hit 75 percent of his greens in regulation through two rounds.

Marino might not be the only one near the top when the day ends, though. Charles Howell III has also climbed into contention at 5 under through 14 holes, while Rickie Fowler made a birdie on his first hole to get within four.

Dicky Pride has the day’s best round going, however. He’s 8 under through 13 holes with birdies on seven of his last eight holes. Only two of those birdies came from outside of 10 feet. -- Brian Wacker

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