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Byrd, Imada 1-2 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Byrd shot 8-under 63 Friday at rain-softened TPC Summerlin to take the second-round lead at 13-under 129 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Byrd, seeking his fourth PGA Tour title, had nine birdies and a bogey in perfect scoring conditions in the fourth of five fall series events on the tour.

Tampa resident and former Chamberlain High standout Ryuji Imada was a stroke back after 62, the lowest round of his career. He had an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey.

"It's always a lot of fun when you have a chance to win on the PGA Tour," said Imada, whose previous best tour round was 64, shot three times. "And you know, I'm in that position … so hopefully I can keep that up the next two days."

Imada has one tour win, the 2008 AT&T Classic.

"I've been working hard to get my second (tour) victory, and you never know when that next chance comes around," he said. "And this looks like it, so I'm going to give it my best shot.

Defending champion Martin Laird (62), Alex Prugh (64), John Senden (67), George McNeill (66) and Nicholas Thompson (66) were two strokes back.

U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler (64) topped a group at 10 under.

Champions: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot 6-under 66 for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Administaff Small Business Classic at the Woodlands, Texas. Pavin didn't play for 45 days while serving as Ryder Cup captain. He returned two weeks ago and tied for 57th in the Senior Players Championships and rested last week. Mark Wiebe was second at 67.

LPGA: Mika Miyazato and Jee Young Lee shot 5-under 66 to lead by one after the first round of the LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur. Michelle Wie shot 68.

Byrd, Imada 1-2 in Las Vegas 10/22/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 22, 2010 11:07pm]
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