Tour Report: Logjam at the top, so far

PGA Tour

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A day after shooting an 8-under 64 to take the overnight lead, Charlie Wi is just 1 under through his first 15 holes here in the second round. In other words, he’s playing the more difficult Magnolia Course.

The difference between the Palm and Magnolia Courses in the opening round was just over two strokes. Today, there’s less than a half-stroke difference between the two.

The latter makes the 66 Ryuji Imada shot on the Magnolia in Round 2 all the more impressive. Imada is 9 under through the first two rounds, along with Matt Jones, who shot 64 on the Palm Course.

Four others, including Wi, are also at 9 under, though they all have holes left to play. Among that group? Charles Howell III.

For whatever reason, Howell always seems to play some of his best golf this time of year. He tied for 11th at the Open and seventh at The McGladrey Classic, and he’s in contention here again,  where he’s tied for ninth twice since 2006.

As for the top 125 on the money list, you can track the live projected standings here.