Wie Out Furyk Campbell on Top


2006 Sony OpenHONOLULU -- Michelle Wie's second round as a professional on the PGA Tour was much better than her first, but it was not enough to allow her to make her first cut in a men's event.
Wie shot a 2-under 68 on Friday, including four birdies in a five-hole span, to finish two rounds at the Sony Open in Hawaii at 7-over-par 147. That was four shots from the 36-hole cut line, but her round was 11 strokes better than her 79 on Thursday.
Stuart Appleby and Vijay Singh
Last week's playoff combatants, Stuart Appleby and Vijay Singh, are again in contention this week.
'I have a lot of mixed feelings,' admitted Wie. 'I'm sad that I'm not going to be playing tomorrow. I'm really happy that I played good today.'
Jim Furyk and Chad Campbell both posted rounds of 3-under 67 on Friday and share the lead. The pair is knotted at 6-under-par 134 and are one ahead of fellow American David Toms.
Toms, the 2001 PGA Champion, shot a 1-under 69 on Friday and is through two rounds at Waialae Country Club at minus-5.
Stuart Appleby, who won last week's Mercedes Championships for the third consecutive year, carded a 4-under 66 on Friday. He is tied for fourth place with Jerry Smith (67) and tour rookies J.B. Holmes (66) and Camilo Villegas (64) at 4-under-par 136.
Wie started well on Friday when she birdied the second hole, which played as the most difficult in Thursday's first round. The 16-year-old lost her chance at making the cut with three consecutive bogeys from the fourth, but she put on a show around the turn.
She kicked in a 3-foot birdie putt at eight, then made it two in a row with a 10-footer at the ninth. Wie drained a 12-foot birdie putt at 11, then birdied 12 from 5 feet.
Wie traded two birdies and two bogeys the rest of her round, but can take solace in her finish. She tied the PGA Tour's biggest rookies from last year, Sean O'Hair and Jason Gore, and beat reigning Tour Championship winner Bart Bryant and former major winners Sean Micheel and Todd Hamilton.
'What I realized this week is that even though I'm playing bad, what I have to learn is how to minimize the damage,' said Wie. 'I have to become a lot more consistent with my game. I have to become a better grinder.'
Furyk, who won this title in 1996, hit the stick with his approach at the par-4 second and made birdie. He rolled in a 12-footer for birdie at the eighth, and that putt put him at 5 under, which was good for the lead.
He extended the margin at the next hole, the par-5 ninth. Furyk's second landed in the right rough, but the seventh-ranked player in the world chipped his third to a foot. He tapped in to reach 6 under par.
From there, Furyk played solid golf, hitting to the centers of most greens. He had a good look at birdie from 10 feet at the 14th, but the putt never fell. Furyk saved par after an errant drive at 15, but squandered another good birdie chance when his 10-foot birdie putt at the 17th was never hit hard enough. He also did not take advantage at the par-5 closing hole, but Furyk is still happy with his spot on the leaderboard.
'It was a good, solid round today and obviously I'm happy with my position,' said Furyk. 'I feel like I could have squeezed an extra couple shots on that second side. I need to keep playing well and have a good weekend.'
Campbell broke out of the gate with a 5-foot birdie putt at the first. He gave the shot back with a bogey at three, when he missed both the fairway and green, and did not register another birdie until he two-putted from 15 feet on the ninth.
At the next hole, Campbell, who won last year's rain-shortened Nissan Open, drove left of the short grass. He missed the green with his second, then chipped to 20 feet and failed to convert the par putt.
That would be Campbell's last mistake of the round. He knocked his approach to 4 feet to set up birdie at the 12th. Campbell then ran home a pair of 12-foot birdie tries at 14 and 16 to get in at minus-6.
'The last two days I've played really well,' acknowledged Campbell. 'I had two months off and I didn't play anything in the offseason, so it was nice to get refreshed and come out here and play well.'
First-round leader Rory Sabbatini struggled to a 2-over 72 on Friday and is tied for eighth place. Jerry Kelly (69), K.J. Choi (71), former U.S. Open champion Steve Jones (68), Dudley Hart (68), Jeff Gove (71), Peter Lonard (70), Bubba Watson (70) and Champions Tour player Loren Roberts (68) joined Sabbatini at minus-3.
Defending champion Vijay Singh, who lost to Appleby in a playoff last week, posted a 1-under 69 and is part of a group tied for 29th place at even-par 140.
David Duval shot a 2-under 68 and made the cut on the number at 3-over-par 143.
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