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Ogilvy 1-shot ahead of rivals

GEOFF Ogilvy's four-shot lead was cut to just one after some late slip-ups left him with a five-under 68 in Friday's second round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii. The Australian's two-round total of 11-under 135 put him a stroke ahead of American D.J. Trahan (66), with South African Ernie Els (69) one shot further back.

Ogilvy was caught out by a wind change after his drive on the 17th, resulting in his first bogey of the tournament, and then three-putted the 18th to squander what could have been a good lead going into the weekend.

"The wind changed sometime between the tee shot on the 17th and the second shot on the 17th, and we couldn't really feel it where we were standing," Ogilvy said. "I'm pretty annoyed at the way I finished, but I'm happy with where I am and how I'm playing."

Trahan made a 40-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole to make up ground on the leader.

Els missed two putts inside 3 feet and dumped a pitch shot into the bunker for a bogey on the 14th, but did enough things well to keep him in contention.

"If I made some putts, I could have had a low one, and I knew today was the day to get a low one," Els said of the sunshine and mild breeze. "I'm there, but I feel like I could be a lot better. But it's fine. It's the first week of the year, and I guess I've just got to be patient."

Davis Love III birdied the last two holes for a 70 and was among six players at 7-under 139.


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