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Jesper Parnevik leads the Honda Classic by three shots after two rounds, but it's a guy who's closer to the cutline than the lead who's grabbing the spotlight.
 
Actually, guy is a bit misleading. Kid is more accurate.
 
Sixteen-year-old Ty Tryon followed an opening 67 with a 1-over-par 73 to become the second-youngest person ever to make a cut in PGA Tour history.
 
Tryon trails Parnevik by a healthy eight strokes. The 36-year-old Swede carded a 5-under-par 67 to move to 12-under for the tournament; three shots clear of John Huston (67), Mark Calcavecchia (68) and Chris Smith (68).
 
With hundreds of people in-tow and countless others watching on television, Tryon kept his composure throughout the roller-coaster round. The Lake Highland High School (Orlando, Fla.) sophomore climbed into a tie for second place at 9-under with three consecutive birdies on his back nine, but faltered down the stretch, playing his final five holes in 5-over.
 
'I'm incredibly happy right now and just - if I didn't finish so bad, I would probably be crazy right now,' said the teen, whose full name is William Augustus Tryon, IV.
 
At 4-under-par, Tryon made the 36-hole cut by two shots. If the first two days have been stressful, you'd never know it by his demeanor.
 
'I really wasn't nervous, except for the first hole Thursday,' Tryon said. 'Doing the live interview (with NBC following the second round) was the most nerve racking.'
 
Among those following Tyron shot for shot was his instructor, David Leadbetter.
 
'This is like a movie,' said Leadbetter. 'You see 16-year-olds playing like this in junior tournaments, but you don't see it in this company.'
 
After making the turn in 1-under-par 35, Tryon bogeyed the par-4 1st (his 10th). But he recovered quickly, sinking a 20-foot birdie putt at the second and adding two more on the third and fourth holes.
 
At that point, the 16-year-old was within two shots of the lead.
 
'I knew I was 9-under, but I didn't know I was in second place,' said the country's fifth-ranked junior amateur.
 
Then things began to crumble. Tryon nuked an 8-iron from 190 yards over the green at the par-3 5th. He fluffed his chip shot and carded a double-bogey 5.
 
Another bogey ensued at the sixth, and despite a seven-foot par save at the 7th, Tryon limped home with back-to-back bogeys over his closing two holes.
 
'I was just really happy the round was over,' said Tryon, who Monday qualified by shooting 70. 'I've got the hard part done, I think. I can just go and play as good as I can.'
 
The hard part's just beginning for Parnevik. Friday, he successfully navigated his ball through the gusty winds and over the crusty greens in just 67 strokes.
 
'It was a lot harder today,' said Parnevik, who held a share of the first-round lead. 'I'm more pleased with my round today than I was with my 65 yesterday, and I played a lot better today.'
 
This is a home event for Parnevik. He lives less than an hour from Coral Springs, where he's commuting to and from work this week.
 
'I don't know if it's an advantage, but it's always nice to sleep in your own bed,' he said.
 
Parnevik started slowly in the second round; playing his first six holes in 1-over. But then he holed a couple of 10-foot birdie putts on the 16th and 17th holes (his seventh and eighth holes on the day).
 
After a pair of birdies upon making the turn, Parnevik rolled in a 60-foot putt on the par-3 5th to move two shots clear of the field at 11-under-par. He added one more birdie at the par-4 7th, courtesy a chip-in, to complete his scoring.
 
Parnevik won't be looking over his shoulder to see where Tryon is over the weekend. But the four-time Tour winner is quite impressed by the teenager's accomplishment.
 
'It's unbelievable. I talked to a few guys and we could hardly remember what we did when we were 16,' joked Parnevik. 'I just remember how nervous I was at that age, probably just playing a local championship. So what he's doing here is unbelievable.'
 
All would agree, even the modest Tryon, himself.
 
'This is a lifetime experience,' he said. 'I just want to remember I've been here and just enjoy the memory. I want to go as low as I possibly can and I want to have a good time and enjoy it.'
 
On a normal weekend, Tryon said he'd be 'playing golf, hanging out, playing golf.' He'll be doing that this weekend; though he'll be doing so in the company to the game's best.
 
News, Notes and Numbers
*The youngest player to ever make a cut in a PGA Tour event is Bob Panasik at the 1957 Canadian Open. He was 15 years, eight months and 20 days old.
 
*John Daly posted the low round of the day, a 7-under-par 65. He's tied for fifth place at 8-under.
 
*Joe Durant, in search of his third straight victory, is tied for 22nd at 6-under after a second-round 71.
 
*Defending champion Dudley Hart is nine strokes off the 36-hole lead at 3-under. Hart has shot rounds of 70-71-141.
 
*First-round co-leaders Geoff Ogilvy and Ben Ferguson slipped in Round Two. Ogilvy shot 72 to fall into a tie for ninth at 7-under. Ferguson shot 75 to fall into a tie for 38th at 4-under.
 
*Richie Coughlan recorded the first hole-in-one since the tournament moved to the TPC at Heron Bay in 1996. Coughlan holed a 3-iron from 225 yards on No. 15. It's just the third ace in tournament history.
 
*79 players made the cut, which fell at 2-under-par 142. Among those who missed the cut were Aaron Baddeley and TPC at Heron Bay course designer Mark McCumber. Baddeley shot rounds of 76-69 to finish at 1-over. McCumber shot back-to-back 75s to finish at 6-over. Baddeley has now missed nine cuts in 10-career PGA Tour starts.
 
*Eight of the nine past champions in the field made the cut. Steve Pate, who won in 1991, was the lone exception. He withdrew prior to the second round due to a rib injury.
 
*In the 28-year history of the tournament, only six players have held at least a share of the 36-hole lead and gone on to win. Tim Herron was the last to do so in 1996.
 
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