Haas leads PGA tour championship

Jay Haas carded a 4-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead over Stephen Ames in the Tour Championship.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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A cool, breezy afternoon greeted the top money earners on the PGA Tour Friday at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Phil Mickelson struggled to a 72, despite hitting the best shot of the day at the very first hole. After a perfect drive into the middle of the fairway, Mickelson holed out a 9-iron from 136 yards for an eagle. That sent the East Lake crowd into a frenzy, but Mickelson couldn't keep it going. He was three-over after two rounds, 10 strokes off the lead. Mike Weir was cruising Friday at 6 under par and in the lead until a bogey-bogey-double bogey finish. The 2003 Masters Champion carded a 69 and was at 2-under heading into Saturday's third round. Mark Hensby nearly holed the par-3 second hole en-route to his round of even par 70. The Australian was tied with Rory Sabbatini and Zach Johnson at 1-under par heading into the weekend. Vijay Singh has some catching up to do if he wants to end the year with 10 victories. The 41-year-old Fijian took 35 putts and shot 73, ending his streak of 14 rounds at par or better. That left Singh in 17th place among the field of 30, seven shots off the lead. US Open champion Retief Goosen had a 66 Friday and joined Tiger Woods at 4-under 136. Woods had the low round of the day at 6-under-par. He was steady with the putter all day and his bogey-free round left him three shots back going into the weekend. Ames had four birdies on the front nine and finished at 4-under-par 66. Stephen Ames was one stroke ahead of Goosen and Woods and two behind Jay Haas through two rounds. Haas chipped in for an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole to get to five-under. He birdied the fifteenth, made a great save on 17 then finished in style with a tricky putt straight down the slope for a birdie on 18. Haas matched the lowest 36-hole score in the four years the Tour Championship has been played at East Lake. (AP)