Tour Tracker: Castro, Hahn lead at Humana

Roberto Castro hits his drive on the 10th hole during the second round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on the Palmer Private course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

Roberto Castro hits his drive on the 10th hole during the second round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on the Palmer Private course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – Roberto Castro and James Hahn proved Friday at the Humana Challenge that they can play well with the lead.

The pair, who held a share of the first-round lead with Jason Kokrak, fired 5-under 67s (Castro on the Palmer course at PGA West, Hahn at La Quinta Country Club) and sit at 14 under at the halfway points, one shot clear of Darron Stiles, Richard H. Lee and Scott Stallings.

Some familiar faces also made runs on Friday. Zach Johnson shot 6-under 66 at La Quinta to move to 12 under and into a share of fifth place. Matt Kuchar fired an 8-under 64 on the Nicklaus course at PGA West to move to 10 under. And Kuchar's playing competitor, Phil Mickelson, rebounded from an even-par 72 to card a 5-under 67.

Mickelson will have some work to do if he wants to make the cut, though. The cut will be made after Saturday's third round.

See how it all unfolded:

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Update No. 22: 6:30 p.m. EST

The best round of the day? Bud Cauley's 9-under 63 on the Palmer course. Cauley's round included nine birdies and no bogeys. He birdied five of his first six holes, as well as his last two. The effort puts Cauley three off the lead at 11 under. There are a few more players still out on the three courses, but hard to see anyone besting 9 under before the end of the day.

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Update No. 21: 5:58 p.m. EST

The rounds are starting to finish here in La Quinta. Among those finished with their second rounds are the two leaders (Roberto Castro and James Hahn, 14 under), Scott Stallings (7-under 65, 13 under overall) and Robert Garrigus (5-under 67, 11 under overall).

Also, last week's Sony Open champion Russell Henley shot 3-under 69 on the Palmer course. That's his worst round of the six he's played now in 2013.

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Update No. 20: 5:22 p.m. EST

Roberto Castro just wrapped up a 5-under 67 and enters the clubhouse at 14 under. He's in a share of the lead with James Hahn. A Cal product, Hahn is 5 under through 17 holes at La Quinta Country Club.

Also, Zach Johnson shot a second-straight, 6-under 66 and enters the weekend at 12 under.

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Update No. 19: 5:02 p.m. EST

James Hahn has gone on a bit of a run. He's now 5 under through 16 holes to move to 14 under, one shot back of leader Roberto Castro, who has one hole left on the Palmer course. Castro just missed about a 20 footer for birdie on No. 8.

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Update No. 18: 4:44 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar birdies No. 9 to close out an 8-under 64. Phil Mickelson closes with par to seal a 5-under 67. Kuchar is now 10 under through two rounds while Mickelson is 5 under, although playing much better than he was during Thursday's first round.

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Update No. 17: 4:25 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson come away with disappointing pars at the par-5 eighth on the Nicklaus course. Kuchar's chip from left of the green ended up a good 10 feet short. He then missed the birdie. On his comeback for par, Kuchar thought he saw the ball move, but after consulting with Mickelson, determined that it didn't, and stepped up and drained the par. Mickelson was on in two shots, but ran his 15 footer for eagle 5 feet by and then missed the comeback, running that a good 3-4 feet by, as well. Not a good display on the green that time as Lefty three-putts at No. 8. One more hole to go for the pair.

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Update No. 16: 4:16 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar currently has the best round of the day. Kuchar is 8 under through 16 holes and has worked his way to T-11 at 10 under. Kuchar is on No. 8 on the Nicklaus course right now, and just made a big shot, hitting between two trees and setting up a decent up-and-down opportunity for birdie from the left rough. His playing competitor, Phil Mickelson, is still at 5 under.

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Update No. 15: 3:51 p.m. EST

Lee Williams is now 12 under and in a tie for second, three shots behind leader Roberto Castro. Williams isn't the only 2012 Web.com Tour grad doing well this week. Darron Stiles and Russell Henley are currently T-4 at 11 under. James Hahn and David Lingmerth are another shot back of them at 10 under (T-9).

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Update No. 14: 3:23 p.m. EST

Roberto Castro has now built a three-shot lead on the field, sticking his third shot on the par-5 second on the Palmer course to about 5 feet before draining the birdie putt. Castro is 14 under and leads three guys at 11 under.

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Update No. 13: 3:17 p.m. EST

How's Lefty doing? Well, Mickelson just birdied the par-5 fourth on the Nicklaus course to move to 5 under. Mickelson, who carded an even-par 73 on Thursday, drove his tee shot right onto a hill and then, hitting on an up-slope, left his second shot about 70 yards short and left. He was able to stick his wedge shot to about 6 feet and make the birdie. A bit of a missed opportunity, but Lefty seems to be playing – and feeling – much better after battling the remnants of a cold on Thursday.

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Update No. 12: 3:09 p.m. EST

We saw an ace on Thursday as James Driscoll holed his tee shot at the par-3 15th on the Palmer course. And we almost saw another one at the Palmer course's par-3 17th. From 130 yards out, Robert Allenby landed his tee ball about 5 feet right of the hole before it spun left and rolled to within inches of the cup. He tapped in the birdie to move to 3 under.

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Update No. 11: 2:53 p.m. EST

Kyle Stanley has had a rough past couple of weeks. He finished 30th (last) at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, shooting 11 over in three rounds, and then finished T-67, 23 shots behind winner Russell Henley, at the Sony Open. But Stanley has turned things around a little this week in La Quinta. He's 6 under overall, 1 under through five holes, and is in good position to make his second cut of 2013.

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Update No. 10: 2:42 p.m. EST

Russell Henley's first five rounds of 2013 have produced a tournament victory (Sony Open, an eagle, 33 birdies and just three bogeys. His sixth round is shaping up similarly. Henley is 3 under through seven holes Friday and has worked his way to 11 under. He's solo second right now, two shots behind leader Roberto Castro (13 under).

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Update No. 9: 2:25 p.m. EST

Auburn product Lee Williams has played in just five PGA Tour events since turning pro in 2005. He has made three cuts, though, and is on his way to making another. Williams is 5 under through nine holes on the Nicklaus course. That has propelled him to 10 under overall and into a tie for fifth, two shots behind leader Roberto Castro (12 under).

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Update No. 8: 2:08 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson played the back nine of the Nicklaus course at PGA West at 4 under. Lefty is 4 under overall and is currently T-67. Near Phil on the leaderboard are notables Bud Cauley (4 under overall, 2 under through three holes), Brandt Snedeker (4 under overall, 1 over through two holes) and Gary Woodland (3 under overall, 2 under through seven holes).

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Update No. 7: 1:45 p.m. EST

Some big names are moving up the leaderboard. Matt Kuchar is 6 under through eight holes today, and is 8 under overall and currently in a tie for seventh. Also, Robert Garrigus is 4 under through three holes and is currently in a tie for third at 10 under, one shot back of leaders James Hahn and Roberto Castro.

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Update No. 6: 1:20 p.m. EST

Jesper Parnevik is playing his first tournament since signing with Cobra Puma Golf. He's also playing his first event since the Transitions last year. And he's playing pretty well. Parnevik is 7 under for the tournament, 2 under through seven holes today on the Palmer course at PGA West.

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Update No. 5: 1:08 p.m. EST

Roberto Castro, Jason Kokrak and James Hahn are now back in a three-way tie for the lead at 10 under. The trio is two shots clear of eight players at 8 under. That second pack includes Russell Henley, last week's Sony Open winner, Sang-Moon Bae, Scott Stallings and Aaron Baddeley.

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Update No. 4: 12:58 p.m. EST

Phil Mickelson struggled on Thursday – his first round of 2013 – as he battled lingering effects of a cold to shoot even-par 72. He said after his round that he thought he had a low round in him on Friday – and he was right, at least so far.

Lefty is 3 under through five holes after starting on No. 10 at PGA West's Nicklaus course. He's 3 under for the tournament and climbing the leaderboard.

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Update No. 3: 12:42 p.m. EST

Stewart Cink is making an early run on the Nicklaus course. Cink is 2 under through two holes after starting on the back nine, and has moved to 8 under for the tournament, two shots back of leader Jason Kokrak. Cink's last top 10 in an official PGA Tour event came at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship (T-9).

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Update No. 2: 12:36 p.m. EST

Two of the three first-round leaders have now teed off, as Roberto Castro started his day with par at No. 10 on the Palmer course at PGA West. Castro, who has just one top 10 in 29 PGA Tour starts, is 9 under, one shot back of current leader Jason Kokrak.

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Update No. 1: 12:20 p.m. EST

Jason Kokrak, one of three leaders after Thursday's first round, birdied his first hole on the Nicklaus course at PGA West to move to 10 under. Kokrak made five birdies and two eagles Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

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Round 1 coverage

TRACKER: There are plenty of big names at the Humana Challenge this week, including Phil Mickelson, but three not-so-big names – Roberto Castro, James Hahn and Jason Kokrak – lead after the first round. Story.

LONG HISTORY: Former President Bill Clinton was at the Humana again because his foundation is a tournament partner and beneficiary. Long before his association here, though, he was no stranger to Tour players. Story.

UNDER THE WEATHER: Phil Mickelson battled the lingering effects of a cold to notch an even-par 72 during the first round of the Humana Challenge. But despite the low energy, Lefty says he's got a low round in him for Friday. Story.

KEEP IT SIMPLE: Watching Russell Henley (an 8-under 64) march up the Humana Challenge leaderboard Thursday, one question comes to mind: Will his ascent continue? He's trying to keep things simple. Story.

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Pre-tournament coverage

THE ODDS: Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Tim Clark and Phil Mickelson have been installed as 15/1 favorites at the Humana Challenge, while Rory McIlroy is a slight favorite over Tiger Woods in Abu Dhabi. Story.

ATTACK MODE: Russell Henley might be 23, but he is wise beyond his years, learning that you must keep the pedal to the metal if you hope to succeed on the PGA Tour. Story.

NOT 'DISAPPOINTED:' Sure, David Toms wanted to be the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but he believes "everything happens for a reason." And the PGA Tour veteran has plenty to keep himself occupied as he looks for another shot in 2016. Story.

PREDICTIONS: Phil Mickelson returns to action this week, and yes, he is picked by one of our panelists. But there are five different favorites on our radar for the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge this week . . . Tip Sheet.

COMEBACK: The Humana Challenge, formerly the Bob Hope Classic, has staged a remarkable comeback in the past two years. Story.

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