Jeff Maggert felt the wind die and figured the scores would go down, too. He got his game in gear just in time to keep a one-stroke lead Friday after two rounds of the Honda Classic.
If only John Daly could have taken the same cue.Daly, one off the lead when the second round began, instead bogeyed four of the first five holes in harmless conditions and had to make a 4-footer for par on the 18th just to make the cut.
"I think I play this golf course better when the wind is blowing," Daly said after a 4-over-par 76 left him nine strokes back.
Maggert and the rest of the field might disagree.
In surprising calm for south Florida in the spring, Maggert made three straight birdies on his back nine for a 68 and is at 9-under 135 after two very different rounds on the TPC at Heron Bay.
One stroke back is Lee Janzen, who made an eagle for the second straight day out of the same bunker on the 16th in a round of 66.
At Tucson, Ariz., this is how well Helen Alfredsson played in the Welch's-Circle K Championship on Friday: Kristi Albers tied an LPGA record and still trailed by five shots.
Alfredsson, a winner once this year, carded an 8-under-par 64 in the second round, good for a 12-under 132 and a four-shot lead over Charlotta Sorenstam, Chris Johnson, Tina Barrett and Michelle Estill.
Albers led the next tier at 137, recovering from her first-round 75 with a 62. Her round included birdies on the second, third, fourth, fifth, ninth, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 18th holes, including two-putting from 50 feet on No. 3 and a 30-foot putt on No. 13.
Only Laura Davies (1991), Hollis Stacy (1992) and Kathryn Marshall (1997) have played a par-72 LPGA course in 10-under.
Toshiba Senior Classic
At Newport Beach, Calif., Mike McCullough, J.C. Snead, David Lundstrom and Buzz Thomas fired 5-under par 66s to share the lead after Friday's opening round of the Toshiba Senior Classic.
Jose Maria Canizares, David Graham, Hubert Green and Dana Quigley finished with 67s to trail by a shot.