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Mark Wilson & Camilo Villegas lead at 11-under

Mark Wilson charged and Camilo Villegas faltered on Friday, leaving them tied for the lead after the second round of the Phoenix Open.

The result was a two-way tie for the lead at 11-under 131 halfway through the Phoenix Open.

Wilson birdied the last four holes for a 5-under 66, while Villegas bogeyed the last when he missed a 14-foot putt for par, giving him a 69 and putting the pair on 11-under 131 at the halfway mark.

Eleven players were within two shots of the lead at TPC Scottsdale, which attracted a crowd of 101,709. Anthony Kim (65), Ryan Moore (66) and Rickie Fowler (67) were 10 under.

Tom Lehman, nine days shy of his 51st birthday, had a 67 to top a group of six at 9 under. Play was suspended because of darkness with one player, Matt Every, still on the course. He had a 3-footer for a birdie that would put him at 9 under.

Wilson, who was ill early in the week after returning from the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Cancun, Mexico, considers himself the bland one among those at the top of the leaderboard.

“I’m not a flashy player. … I see Anthony and Rickie and Camilo up there and they’re all very flamboyant characters, and it’s fun to watch them,” Wilson said. “So I’ll be somewhat of a spectator too, but certainly taking care of my own business.”

Villegas, who mixed three bogeys with an eagle and three birdies, was satisfied with his second round despite not matching his course-record 62 of the opening day.

“Am I disappointed the fact I didn’t go low-low today? No,” Villegas said. “You just want to stay in the tournament. After a great first day, you just want to keep plugging, keep staying there and give yourself a chance come Sunday afternoon.”

Wilson said this is the kind of desert course, with the open par 5s and par 4s and friendly greens, where golfers can get on the kind of runs that he did late Friday.

“I made a lot of putts, so if you’re seeing the lines good you can roll off a string of birdies pretty quick,” he said.

As many as 150,000 fans are expected for Saturday, which is considered the biggest party day on the PGA Tour.

“I have fun,” Villegas said. “It’s one week a year where we get to experience this.”

Tee times Saturday were moved ahead an hour because of the chance of rain late in the day. Rain is more likely Sunday.

Englishman Ian Poulter, winner of Sunday’s Match Play championship down the road in Marana, Arizona, followed a 1-over 72 on Thursday with an 8-under 63 on Friday. He felt so exhausted after last week’s big win that he fully anticipated missing Friday’s cut.

“I even booked a plane for takeoff at 3 this afternoon,” Poulter said. “I wasn’t feeling good. It’s just nice to go out there and hit good golf shots, play well and put myself in a position now where I’ve put myself into form.”

Phil Mickelson was within reach of the lead after consecutive 68s left him at 6 under.



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