Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sports Network) - Danny Lee carded his second straight 65
and grabbed sole possession of the lead at the inaugural Brasil Classic before
Friday's second round was suspended due to darkness.
Following a three-plus hour rain delay, Lee went out with the early wave and
picked up eight birdies against a pair of bogeys to reach 12-under 130 through
Overnight co-leader Richard S. Johnson completed 11 holes and reached 10-under
before darkness set in at Sao Paulo Golf Club.
Brazilian Philippe Gasnier (68), Dawie van der Walt (66) and Aron Price (65)
are 7-under through two rounds, while Sao Paulo's Alexandre Rocha, Tim
Wilkinson and Jonathan Hodge are 7-under through eight, 10 and 12 holes,
Tom Hoge was tied with Lee and Johnson after the first round, but the American
shot even-par on Friday to remain at 6-under. Michael Putnam (65) and Kevin
Tway (69) also completed their second rounds at 6-under while Benjamin
Alvarado is minus-6 through four holes.
Kevin Foley, the only 2013 Web.com Tour winner in the field, will likely miss
the cut after carding a first-round 80 and dropping another shot through 13 on
Friday to reach 9-over.
After the rain delay, and with the 18th fairway still draining, Lee began his
round on the 10th and promptly picked up a birdie. A par/bogey stretch
followed, but the 2008 U.S. Amateur champion bounced back with birdies on Nos.
13, 15 and 16.
Lee continued his run around the turn with three birdies in four holes, and
rebounded from a bogey on No. 8 with a birdie on his last to establish a 5-
stroke lead over the pursuing field.
When Johnson finally teed off, he quickly proved the biggest threat to the
clubhouse leader with a birdie on his first hole (the 10th). A winner on the
PGA Tour at the 2008 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Johnson played
bogey-free before darkness set in, adding birdies on Nos. 13, 17 and one to
Beginning on the 10th tee, van der Walt got off to a strong start with five
birdies and an eagle through his first 12 holes. He notched another birdie on
the sixth to reach 10-under, but a bogey on the seventh and a double bogey on
the ninth dropped the South African five shots off the pace.
NOTES: The second round will resume at 7:30 a.m. (local time) ... Host pro
Erik Andersson is 3-under through 36 holes ... Johnson has played in two
European Tour events at the Sao Paulo Golf Club. He tied for 11th at the 2000
Brazil 500 Years Open and tied for second at the 2001 Sao Paulo Brazil Open
... Foley won the season-opening Panama Claro Championship. He is currently
fourth on the money list and needs at least a second-place finish to take
over the top spot from Edward Loar ... Shaun Micheel, the only former major
champion in the field (2003 PGA Championship), shot a 70 on Thursday and was
even through 12 holes on Friday.
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