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A Tiger leading at Harbour Town

By PETE IACOBELLI
Associated Press

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Lucas Glover’s tired of keeping his frustrations to himself. Two more rounds like this at the Verizon Heritage and he won’t have to.

Glover shot his second consecutive 66 to move to 10 under and take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Boo Weekley (64) at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Anthony Kim (67) was alone in third at 8 under, with two-time Verizon Heritage winner Stewart Cink (68), Cliff Kresge (66), and Stephen Ames (64) another shot behind.

Jim Furyk, ranked ninth in the world, had his second 68 to head a large group four shots back at 6 under.

When Glover’s game is faltering – as it has much of this year – the 28-year-old pro withdraws into his psyche as he tries to find a solution.

“I’ve been a pain at home, (that) would be fair,” Glover said. “But I take it out on myself and kind of clam up in my own little shell.”

Glover and his game have opened up the first two days. He “weaseled” his way into the lead Thursday with two late birdies, then used four birdies on his back nine to push past Weekley into first.

It’s been a rough season for Glover, who has surpassed $2 million in earnings in 2005 and 2006, and played for the U.S. team in last year’s Presidents Cup.

He hadn’t finished better than 22nd his first eight events. Glover felt he’d uncovered a problem with his ball positioning and posture at the Shell Houston Open, where he posted his first top-15 placing.

Glover missed the Masters for the first time in three years, further fueling his motivation to improve for Harbour Town.

“I told myself I had to go to work and it’s not going to come easy,” Glover said. “I was able to do it the last couple of days.”

He’ll have to hold off a horde of just-as-eager challengers on the weekend, most notably Weekley.

Weekley had three birdies, all on putts of 10 feet or more, over a stretch of four holes on his back nine to move up the leaderboard. Perhaps no one’s enjoyed his champions’ year as much as Weekley – he laughed about “marching around the lagoon” in his plaid champions’ jacket during this week’s opening ceremonies – and wasn’t ready to hand over the tartan coat yet.

Weekley felt he could win again “on the first hole on the first day. All I had do was just stay focused and hitting my points and my shots,” he said.

He might be right. In just his second appearance here, Weekley’s shown a touch usually only gained through experience. All six career rounds at Harbour Town have been in the 60s.

“It’s always fun to be able to look out on the crowd and see all the people pulling for you and chanting your name,” Weekley said. “I always have a place in my heart” for Harbour Town.

Weekley’s crowd may get a run from Glover’s gallery. Glover is a South Carolina native who played his college golf at Clemson and says his play’s been lifted by the large group of family and friends, including his parents, several cousins, his in-laws and his grandfather. “Sorry if he ran over anybody’s foot,” Glover joked.

Still, Glover won’t allow himself to jump ahead to late Sunday and a possible victory. “I don’t think I’ve ever been in this position,” he said. “So I’ll figure it out tonight.”

Five-time champion Davis Love III, who was tied with Glover and Justin Leonard after the first round, shot a 71 and was five shots back.

Ernie Els figured to have as good a chance to win as anyone, ranked third in the world and finishing second and finishing second, seventh and third his past three times here.

But Els was out of sorts for the second straight round, shooting a 76 to miss the cut.

Divots: Justin Rose, ranked seventh in the world, withdrew from the tournament prior to the start of the second round with a bad back. Mark Calcavecchia also pulled out mid-round because of illness. … Robert Allenby and Ben Curtis aced the par-3 fourth hole. … Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, a South Carolina golfer who won the Golf Channel’s “Big Break VII,” hit three balls into the water on the par-4 10th hole to finish with a 10.

Scores with relation to par from the secondround of the Verizon Heritage, played April 18 at the par-71,6,973-yard Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Note:a-amateur):

1. Lucas Glover 66-66–132
-10 2. Boo Weekley 69-64–133
-9 3. Anthony Kim 67-67–134
-8 4. Cliff Kresge 69-66–135
-7 4. Stephen Ames 71-64–135
-7 4. Stewart Cink 67-68–135
-7 7. Jay Williamson 67-69–136
-6 7. Jason Bohn 70-66–136
-6 7. Jonathan Byrd 69-67–136
-6 7. Jim Furyk 68-68–136
-6 7. Aaron Baddeley 69-67–136
-6 7. Marc Turnesa 69-67–136
-6 7. Robert Allenby 70-66–136
-6 14. Nick Dougherty 67-70–137
-5 14. Davis Love III 66-71–137
-5 14. Fredrik Jacobson 70-67–137
-5 14. Tim Wilkinson 68-69–137
-5 14. Michael Allen 68-69–137
-5 14. Parker McLachlin 69-68–137
-5 14. Ken Duke 68-69–137
-5 14. Mathew Goggin 70-67–137
-5 14. Patrick Sheehan 69-68–137
-5 14. Ben Curtis 69-68–137
-5 14. Justin Leonard 66-71–137
-5 14. Briny Baird 68-69–137
-5 26. Kevin Na 71-67–138
-4 26. Charles Howell III 67-71–138
-4 26. Heath Slocum 71-67–138
-4 26. D.J. Trahan 68-70–138
-4 26. John Rollins 67-71–138
-4 26. Camilo Villegas 67-71–138
-4 32. Robert Garrigus 70-69–139
-3 32. John Mallinger 70-69–139
-3 32. Scott Verplank 68-71–139
-3 32. Rocco Mediate 74-65–139
-3 32. Lee Janzen 69-70–139
-3 37. Brett Quigley 72-68–140
-2 37. Brandt Snedeker 70-70–140
-2 37. Ben Crane 69-71–140
-2 37. Peter Lonard 68-72–140
-2 37. Ryan Armour 71-69–140
-2 37. Dean Wilson 69-71–140
-2 37. Tim Clark 70-70–140
-2 44. Glen Day 71-70–141
-1 44. Billy Andrade 69-72–141
-1 44. Brian Davis 67-74–141
-1 44. Mathias Gronberg 67-74–141
-1 44. Woody Austin 69-72–141
-1 44. Mark Wilson 69-72–141
-1 44. Steve Flesch 70-71–141
-1 44. John Senden 74-67–141
-1 44. Billy Mayfair 70-71–141
-1 44. Michael Letzig 68-73–141
-1 44. Matt Kuchar 71-70–141
-1 44. Jeff Quinney 69-72–141
-1 44. Tim Herron 67-74–141
-1 44. Daniel Chopra 69-72–141
-1 44. Frank Lickliter II 72-69–141
-1 59. Jesper Parnevik 73-69–142
E 59. Bo Van Pelt 69-73–142
E 59. Richard Sterne 69-73–142
E 59. David Toms 72-70–142
E 59. Jonathan Moore 70-72–142
E 59. Niclas Fasth 69-73–142
E 59. Chris DiMarco 73-69–142
E 59. Shane Bertsch 71-71–142
E 59. J.L. Lewis 71-71–142
E 68. Nicholas Thompson 71-72–143 + 1 68. Greg Kraft 73-70–143 + 1 68. Bob Tway 71-72–143 + 1 68. Nick Flanagan 73-70–143 + 1 68. Matt Jones 74-69–143 + 1 68. Nathan Green 74-69–143 + 1 68. Corey Pavin 72-71–143 + 1 68. Will MacKenzie 74-69–143 + 1 • • •

Missed the cut

76. Brian Gay 71-73–144 + 2 76. Carl Pettersson 73-71–144 + 2 76. Ryuji Imada 73-71–144 + 2 76. Ryan Moore 74-70–144 + 2 76. Tom Pernice, Jr. 70-74–144 + 2 76. Brian Bateman 71-73–144 + 2 76. Tom Lehman 74-70–144 + 2 76. Jeff Maggert 73-71–144 + 2 76. Bart Bryant 70-74–144 + 2 76. Chad Campbell 74-70–144 + 2 76. Paul Azinger 72-72–144 + 2 76. Craig Barlow 72-72–144 + 2 76. Curt Sanders 70-74–144 + 2 89. Bob Estes 76-69–145 + 3 89. Bill Haas 75-70–145 + 3 89. Tommy Gainey 69-76–145 + 3 89. Jason Day 75-70–145 + 3 89. J.P. Hayes 75-70–145 + 3 89. Mark Hensby 73-72–145 + 3 89. James Driscoll 71-74–145 + 3 96. Zach Johnson 71-75–146 + 4 96. a-Rickie Fowler 70-76–146 + 4 96. Eric Axley 70-76–146 + 4 96. Mark Brooks 78-68–146 + 4 96. Vaughn Taylor 76-70–146 + 4 101. Dudley Hart 76-71–147 + 5 101. Joe Durant 73-74–147 + 5 101. Brandt Jobe 74-73–147 + 5 101. Nick O'Hern 75-72–147 + 5 101. Rod Pampling 74-73–147 + 5 101. Fred Funk 76-71–147 + 5 101. Roland Thatcher 74-73–147 + 5 101. Jose Coceres 73-74–147 + 5 101. John Riegger 73-74–147 + 5 110. Ernie Els 72-76–148 + 6 110. Brad Adamonis 72-76–148 + 6 110. Tim Petrovic 72-76–148 + 6 110. Chez Reavie 79-69–148 + 6 110. Jon Mills 73-75–148 + 6 115. Stephen Leaney 74-75–149 + 7 115. Jason Gore 77-72–149 + 7 115. Kyle Thompson 74-75–149 + 7 118. Jerry Kelly 78-72–150 + 8 118. George McNeill 78-72–150 + 8 120. Charles Warren 76-75–151 + 9 120. Sean O'Hair 76-75–151 + 9 120. Jin Park 81-70–151 + 9 120. J.B. Holmes 76-75–151 + 9 120. Kevin Streelman 76-75–151 + 9 125. Todd Hamilton 77-76–153 + 11 126. Chris Stroud 76-78–154 + 12 127. Robert Gamez 79-79–158 + 16 127. Dustin Johnson 79-79–158 + 16 WD. Mark Calcavecchia 72-WD

WD. Justin Rose 76-WD

WD. Cameron Beckman 80-WD

WD. Y.E. Yang 80-WD

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