AVONDALE, La. -- Briny Baird really wanted to go fishing Monday. That's his usual routine at the Zurich Classic, but bad weather kept him off the water.
Now, good golf will keep him on dry land this weekend.
Baird shot a 3-under-par 69 on Friday in the second round for a 136 total and a one-stroke lead over Peter Lonard (70) and Jay Williamson (69) at the TPC Louisiana.
"It didn't feel quite as good as probably the scorecard will make out," Baird said. "I didn't play as well (Friday). My swing felt a little loose at times, but to get in with a 3 under, I was very pleased."
Baird birdied the final two holes. That was good enough to keep him on the golf course this weekend rather than in a boat.
"I screwed that up," Baird joked.
LPGA TOUR, at Superstition Mountain, Ariz. -- Angela Stanford was clinging to a one-shot lead halfway through the Safeway International with friend Lorena Ochoa closing in.
Stanford followed her course-record and career-best 10-under 62 on Thursday with a scrambling 3-under 69 on Friday for a 13-under 131 total.
Ochoa, the defending champion and the world's top-ranked female golfer, was one back at 12 under after a steady 67.
Jee Young Lee was at 10 under, and Annika Sorenstam shot a 67 to join Michele Redman (68) at 8 under, five off the lead on the 6,662-yard course at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club.
Ochoa attended the University of Arizona. With the crowd behind her and the surroundings familiar, she felt at home on this desert course.
"I just love being here," she said. "For sure, we only play once a year in a desert golf course. And I just feel comfortable."
Stanford will be paired with Ochoa in today's third round.
"Angela is very competitive," Ochoa said. "She's very good in basketball or bowling or whatever. She always tries to beat me."
CHAMPIONS TOUR, at Palm Coast, Fla. -- Lonnie Nielsen, a career club pro who had a mediocre PGA Tour career, birdied six of his last 10 holes for a 6-under 66 and one-stroke lead in the Ginn Championship.
Bernhard Langer and Fred Funk opened with 67s at Ocean Hammock Golf Club, and David Edwards and Gene E. Jones had 68s in the Champions Tour's deepest field this season.
Former Masters champion Craig Stadler was among those at 69, and defending champion Keith Fergus and Tom Watson were at 70. Ian Woosnam struggled in his Champions Tour debut, making two double bogeys in a 78.
Langer hit the shot of the day, a 6-iron from 188 yards he holed for an eagle-2 at the 13th.
NATIONWIDE TOUR, at Broussard, La. -- Matt Hansen of Atwater shot a 4-over 75 for a 147 total and missed the cut. It took a 143 to advance. He had no birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey. Chris Riley (65-68--133) leads by three.