Saturday, January 5, 2008

Mercedes Benz Championship - Day 2 wrap

CANADIAN Mike Weir holed an 18-foot birdie putt at the last to grab a one-shot lead in the Mercedes-Benz Championship second round Saturday.

Three off the pace at the start of the day, Weir fired a blemish-free six-under-par 67 to take control at the halfway point of the 2008 PGA Tour's opening event.

The former Masters champion rattled up four birdies and an eagle at the par-five ninth for an eight-under total of 138 on the hilly Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort.

Compatriot Stephen Ames also birdied the final hole, ramming in a 23-footer for a matching 67, to share second place with American Jonathan Byrd (69).

Brandt Snedeker, who held the outright lead for much of the day, had to settle for a tie for fourth at six under after three-putting from 17 feet to bogey the last.

Snedeker, the 2007 PGA Tour rookie of the year, returned a 69 to finish level with overnight leader Nick Watney (72).

Aussie Aaron Baddeley was three off the pace in a tie for sixth after a round of 71...

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