Billy Mayfair rode a roller-coaster round Friday right back to where he began, narrowly clinging to his Nissan Open lead.
Mayfair started the day 6-under and one shot in front. After five bogeys and five birdies, he finished the second round with a par 71, leaving him 6-under and still the leader by one shot.Payne Stewart, with a 67, and Tommy Armour III, with a 68, moved into a tie for second. Also at 5-under was Stephen Ames, who was alone in second after the opening round and matched par on the second day.
Tiger Woods, who started the tournament with a 68, had a 73 to fall five shots off the pace.
On a windy day that often made club selection a guessing game, Mayfair went to 9-under on two different occasions but gave it back by bogeying three of his final four holes.
Rick Fehr, with a 67, and Scott Hoch, with a 71, were just two shots behind Mayfair, and a total of 23 players were within five shots or closer.
Dubai Desert Classic
At Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Ernie Els had the best round of the day with a 63 on Friday to pull within three strokes of leader Robert Karlsson midway through the Dubai Desert Classic.
Karlsson, describing the second round as "the best in my career," shot a 6-under-par 66 to move to 13-under-par 131 after 36 holes on the par-72 Emirates Golf Course.
Els of South Africa and Spaniard Ignacio Garrido were tied for second at 134. Greg Norman of Australia was at 9-under-par 135 and Seve Ballesteros of Spain, trying to find his lost game, shot a second consecutive 68 to be at 136.
Australian Ladies Masters
At Gold Coast, Australia, Cindy Schreyer played through tears Friday just hours after learning of her grandfather's death yet matched her best round to take the midway lead at the Australian Ladies Masters at 8-under-par 136.
"I shoot the round of my life and I'm in here crying," Schreyer said after making a birdie on the final hole for a 66 and a one-stroke lead over Annika Sorenstam of Sweden and South Korea's Kim Hyun-mi.