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February 24 2012

8:45 PM

Owen, Claxton grab early lead

The second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic is cruising along with Greg Owen and Will Claxton currently sharing the lead at 8 under after shooting 67 and 68, respectively, on Friday.

There’s a long way to go in the round and of course the tournament -- Charles Howell III is just two back and on the back nine -- but a win for either would be huge.

Both guys got their cards for this season by tying for 18th at q-school. Owen has managed four starts this season with a tie for ninth at Pebble Beach his best result, while Claxton has made three starts, missing the cut in two of them.

The top-10 by Owen was his first on the PGA TOUR since 2009, while Claxton has one top-25 in just a handful of starts after spending 2010 on the NGA Hooters Tour and making just one start on TOUR in 2011.

Other notables to keep an eye on through the second round: Kevin Stadler (T6 at 5 under), Matt Every and Billy Mayfair (both T9 and 4 under), and Robert Allenby, who is also 4 under and on the back nine.

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