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Faxon Two Back of Riegger

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Brad Faxon left the TPC at Heron Bay with the lead Thursday, but starts the second round trailing by two shots.
 
Rain postponed the opening round of the $3.5 million Honda Classic in Coral Springs, Fla. Faxon narrowly avoided the 12:25 p.m. EST suspension, posting a 7-under-par 65.
 
John Riegger was 1-under through three holes when play was finally called at 3:05 p.m., and proceeded to tear up the soggy venue upon his return Friday.
 
The 38-year-old made eight birdies over his final 15 holes for a course-record 9-under-par 63.
 
'I knew I was playing well, I was holing some putts, but I wasn't thinking any particular number,' said Riegger, who is seeking his first career top-10 finish on the PGA Tour. 'Once I got it going, I was just trying to birdie every hole.'
 
The second round is scheduled to be completed Saturday afternoon. A cut will be made, and officials expect to play all 72 holes; though, rain is in the forecast Sunday.
 
A total of 111 players in the 144-man field had to complete their first rounds Friday morning. Ty Tryon, who broke through at this event a year ago as a 16-year-old amateur qualifier, was among them. Using the third of his seven allotted sponsor's exemptions until his 18th birthday June 2, Tryon shot 1-under 71.
 
Faxon carded nine birdies and two bogeys prior to the Thursday thunderstorms. He concluded his round with four birdies over his final five holes.
 
For the second straight season, Faxon is off to a torrid start, though this year, hes yet to win. He finished tied for second in the Nissan Open and third in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
Ironically, its been Faxons putting that has kept him out of the winners circle. He left a 12-foot birdie putt a -inch short on the final hole at Riviera that would have forced a playoff. He then lost to eventual champion Kevin Sutherland in the semifinals at La Costa, missing a three-foot putt on the 18th to extend the match.
 
Thursday, the 2001 Sony Open champion needed but 23 putts in shooting his lowest round of the year.
 
'My game has really gotten better the last two years,' said Faxon, who earned nearly $2 million last season. 'I'm much more consistent from tee to green.'
 
Five of the worlds top-10 players are in the field this week. World No. 9 Davis Love III shot 69; No. 2 Phil Mickelson shot 70; No. 6 Retief Goosen posted a 71; No. 10 Chris DiMarco finished Friday with a 67; and No. 7 David Toms is at even par.
 
This is also the final week to qualify for the Masters (save for winning The Players Championship). Pat Perez, who needs to win this week to qualify, shot even-par 72, as did Steve Flesch, who must climb 10 spots from his No. 60 world ranking.
 
Full-field scores from the Honda Classic