DULUTH, Ga. -- Jonathan Byrd took advantage of soft fairways and receptive greens at TPC Sugarloaf on Friday, shooting his second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead in the AT&T Classic.
Byrd, seeking his fourth PGA Tour victory, shared the lead with Kenny Perry, Ryan Palmer and two others when the second round began.
The course was drenched with over an inch of rain Thursday and, though no precipitation fell in Friday's second round, overcast conditions kept the sun from drying off the fairways and greens and making the course play faster.
Perry and Palmer shot 69s to drop into a tie for second. Parker McLachlin, another first-round leader, shot a 70 to drop into a three-way tie for fourth with Charles Howell III (69) and David Toms (69) at 8 under.
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Defending champion Zach Johnson (70) and Sugarloaf resident Stewart Cink (71) were seven strokes back at 5 under.
Byrd, who finished sixth in 2006 and tied for ninth in '07, was in the final group two years ago when Phil Mickelson finished the tournament a staggering 28 under.
Mickelson's penchant for attacking a course ripe for low scores impressed Byrd.
"I watched him just kind of stay aggressive, stay aggressive, stay aggressive, and he kept making birdies," Byrd said. "And I just kept telling myself that today. It's windy, but the greens are soft, so I've got to keep trying to hit it close and keep trying to make birdies."
One week after finishing second to Sergio Garcia and earning over $1 million at the Players, Paul Goydos missed the cut by a stroke at 1 over.
CHAMPIONS TOUR, at Hoover, Ala. -- Andy Bean and Monday qualifier Mike Goodes shot 7-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the Regions Charity Classic.
Leading money winner Bernhard Langer was two strokes back on the 7,503-yard Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge course. A two-time winner this year on the 50-and-over tour, Langer tied for 15th Sunday in The Players Championship on the PGA Tour.
Two-time defending champion Brad Bryant opened with a 72.
Because of wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their balls in the fairways.
LPGA TOUR, at Clifton, N.J. -- Second-round play in the Sybase Classic was wiped out by rain. Tournament officials rescheduled the second round to today and reduced the $2 million tournament from 72 holes to 54.
Annika Sorenstam, Rachel Hetherington and Song-Hee Kim shared the lead after shooting 67s on Thursday. Lorena Ochoa was a stroke back.
IRISH OPEN, at Adare, Ireland -- France's Michael Lorenzo-Vera shot a 2-under 70 for a 138 total to take a one-stroke lead over Germany's Marcel Siem (71) after the second round.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington, the defending champion, was 1 under after a 71.
HURRY UP! -- A former Orange County reserve sheriff's deputy has been convicted of threatening two slow-playing golfers at a Chino Hills course.
Raymond Yi faces up to three years in prison. Yi was arrested in July 2005 after two men accused him of pointing a gun at them and flashing his sheriff's badge.