Good going for Huston

John Huston shot a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take the second-round lead in the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro on Friday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:49 IST
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John Huston shot a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take the second-round lead in the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro on Friday. Huston was at 12-under 132, one shot better than KJ Choi (69) and two in front of Justin Rose (65) and DJ Trahan (69). With another perfect day for scoring at Forest Oaks, the 36-hole cut came in at 3 under. "I like when scoring conditions are good and the weather's good," Huston said. "I think you just kind of tee off and see what the course gives you, hopefully take advantage of it." Aiming high Sergio Garcia had another 69 and was tied for 17th, with U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman another shot back after a 70. Adam Scott made it to the weekend on the number after a 68. Huston has seven US PGA Tour victories during his 18-year career, and the most recent one came two years ago at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. His previous three titles have come in October, so it might be time for another. "Hopefully. It hasn't been a very good year," Huston said. Improving quality To try to make the most of it, he has played in 13 of the past 14 tournaments, taking off only one week since Westchester in June. The quality of his game picked up during the run - he has earned all but $42,000 of his $522,478 during that span. Still, Huston sits 127th on the money list, two spots away from the coveted top 125. He already used his one-time exemption for being in the top 50 all-time, so he must play his way into status for 2006. "I guess I decided I wasn't ready to give up on the game yet," Huston said. "So I just decided the best way to go about getting myself back into a better position would be to just start playing every week." Rough stretch First-round leader Charles Warren, who tied the course record with a 62 on Thursday, ballooned to a 74 after a rough stretch on the back nine. He made the turn at 3 under for the day and cruising, then bogeyed three of the first five holes coming in. After two more bogeys at 16 and 17, Warren had a whopping 41. At least he made it to the weekend, which he hasn't done 13 of his past 15 starts. "I feel like I can go to the range, within an hour, I can tighten my ball striking up," Warren said. "I was still hitting putts. Now, I'm in a position where I can go play aggressive on the weekend. I'm looking forward to that." Rose used a string four consecutive birdies to start the back and added another on the 18th to complete his day. With the season winding down, he's hoping to get his first victory in the United States to go with four others around the world. (AP)