Donald Stays on Course Wie Gone


2006 Sony OpenHONOLULU -- The leaders will finally be taking center stage this weekend at the Sony Open.

Well, maybe.

Luke Donald shot a 4-under 66 and Paul Goydos fired a 7-under 63 on Friday to share the lead at the PGA TOUR's second event of 2007.

Michelle Wie, drawing most of the attention in her fourth Sony Open, missed the men's cut again when she closed with a 6-over 76 and finished at 14-over par -- 140th out of 142 golfers who qualified.

Late in the day, another 16-year-old Hawaiian stole the spotlight.

Tadd Fujikawa became the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut at a PGA TOUR event when, improbably, the 5-foot-1 teenager fired a 4-under 66 to finish tied for 25th place at three-under 137.

The cut fell at even-par 140.

'I can't even breathe right now,' Fujikawa gushed in a TV interview after draining a 15-foot eagle putt at No. 18 -- which elicited a fist-pumping celebration from the youngster and a raucous cheer from the gallery.

Earlier, Fujikawa made a 19-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole, also pumping his fist there.

'I just love making everybody crazy,' said Fujikawa, probably best-known for becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Open last year.

Just four days past his 16th birthday and standing a foot shorter than the lanky Wie, Fujikawa is now the second-youngest player ever to make a PGA Tour cut. Bob Panasik was 15 years, 8 months and 20 days old when he set the record at the 1957 Canadian Open.

'I think making the cut is an awesome thing right now,' Fujikawa said. 'Having all these people here supporting me is a great thing. I wish everyone could experience what I am right now.'

Further up the leaderboard, Donald and Goydos stand at 11-under-par 129 for a two-shot lead over Chad Campbell.

Both players made runs on Waialae's last 12 holes -- Donald with four birdies during that stretch and Goydos with seven, including five straight from No. 7.

While both birdied the 18th, Donald was just inches short of an eagle that would have given him sole possession of the lead. His 66 was a step back from the 63 he fired to take the lead on Thursday.

'It was a very different round today,' Donald said. 'I was really struggling for a bit, was making a lot of putts for par's sake...But I was happy with the way I played the last six holes.'

Campbell had a bogey-free 65 and held the clubhouse lead at 9-under 13. But Donald and Goydos made sure it only lasted a couple of hours.

Donald birdied No. 8 to pull within one shot of Campbell, then went on a run of six straight pars.

Goydos, meanwhile, tied Campbell for the lead with a stretch of five consecutive birdies, capped by a 50-foot chip-in at the 11th.

Donald moved ahead, though, with a 10-foot birdie putt at the 15th and a 7-foot birdie putt at the 16th. He reached 11-under and took a two-shot lead with his tap-in birdie at the 18th.

'To finish strongly like that was a nice bonus,' Donald said.

But still, Goydos wouldn't go away. Moments after Donald finished, Goydos rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt back at No. 15 to get within one shot. He remained within striking distance by saving par from 15 feet at the 16th.

Then, at the 18th, Goydos found the right rough with his second shot and made a bad chip to just 19 feet. He made the long putt to join Donald in the lead.

'I caught a good lie and stubbed it,' he said of his chip. 'But putting cures all ills.'

Indeed, Goydos ranks first in putting through two rounds after he was just 138th in putting on tour last season.

'If I can get the putting figured out, I might be all right,' Goydos said. 'It helps.'

Campbell went out in an early group and chipped in for two of his five birdies. His first chip-in, at the par-4 second, came from about 25 feet. The second came from 15 feet at the 12th, also a par four.

'Anybody can do that,' he joked.

Wie was joking a little after her round, too, but more out of frustration. After opening with a 78 Thursday, she bogeyed four of her first seven holes Friday and made just two birdies to go along with eight total bogeys.

'I feel like I have it in me, it's just not coming out,' Wie said. 'I'll put the clubs away for a little while now, erase all of this, and start over again.'

Charles Howell III matched Goydos and Donald for the round of the tournament with a 63 and stands fourth at 8-under 132. One stroke further back, 1996 champion Jim Furyk (68) shares fifth place with Robert Allenby (66) and Will MacKenzie (68).

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