Tracker: Stefani retains lead; Scott one back

Shawn Stefani plays a shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the Tampa Bay Championship.

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10:37:20 AM ET. 10/23/2014




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Shawn Stefani proved to have just enough to retain his lead at the Tampa Bay Championship on Friday, firing a 1-under 70 to lead the hard-charging Adam Scott by one shot.

Stefani will enter the weekend at 7 under, while Scott is tied with K.J. Choi at 6 under. Scott fired a bogey-free 66 on Friday, while Choi picked up a 67.

Take a look at how it all unfolded on Friday:

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Update #26: 6:41 p.m. EDT

Brian Gay (6 over) will miss his second cut in five events since winning the Humana Challenge in January. Others that can safely pack their bags: Mike Weir (14 over), Zach Johnson (11 over), Scott Piercy (6 over), Martin Kaymer (8 over), Ryo Ishikawa (6 over), Peter Uihlein (6 over), Michael Thompson (6 over) and Retief Goosen (5 over). There is a slight chance that those at 3 over could back their way into the weekend, but at least eight players would have to fall back a stroke late in their respective rounds.

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Update #25: 6:22 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi polishes off a 4-under 67 with a par, moving into the weekend at 6 under, one shot back of Shawn Stefani. Barring a major move by a player still on the course, Stefani will be in Saturday's final group with Adam Scott.

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Update #24: 6:14 p.m. EDT

Defending champion Luke Donald finishes his second round with a bogey to card a 1-over 72 to sit at even par for the tournament, safely inside the cut line, but seven strokes behind clubhouse leader Shawn Stefani.

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Update #23: 5:52 p.m. EDT

John Daly was hanging around the top 20 at this time yesterday, but one atrocious hole sent the bomber toward the bottom of the leaderboard. Daly opened his day with a bogey at the par-5 1st and then picked up a 10 on the par-4 3rd hole, propelling him to a 10-over 81 and currently T-149.

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Update #22: 5:37 p.m. EDT

We have a new co-leader and he still has three holes to play. K.J. Choi birdies the par-3 15th hole to move to 5 under on the day and 7 under overall, tied with Shawn Stefani atop the leaderboard.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are a handful of big names sitting outside the cut line, but can still do something about it. Scott Piercy (thru 14), Retief Goosen (15), Patrick Cantlay (11) and Ben Crane (13) are all at 3 over, which is one off the projected cut of 2 over.

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Update #21: 4:57 p.m. EDT

We might have some movement at the top of the leaderboard, as K.J. Choi has pulled to within a shot of the lead with a birdie at the par-3 13th. He has three birdies, an eagle and a bogey on Friday.

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Update #20: 4:40 p.m. EDT

Much of the excitement at Copperhead will deal with the cut line and who fails to be on the correct side of it, but don't forget about Sergio Garcia, who is 4 under through 10 holes to move to within three shots of the lead.

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Update #19: 3:45 p.m. EDT

Defending champion Luke Donald is currently one shot clear the cut line after going 2 over for his first eight holes to drop to 1 over. The cut has moved back-and-forth from 1 to 2 over and will likely continue to shift all afternoon. Already likely packing their bags after finishing at 3 over are Louis Oosthuizen, Gary Woodland and Charlie Beljan.

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Update #18: 3:32 p.m. EDT

Peter Tomasulo is playing in the final group of the day and he'll keep people interested until the end now, as he has started with three consecutive birdies to move to 5 under, two off the lead.

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Update #17: 3:20 p.m. EDT

Greg Chalmers is working on the round of the day, going 5 under through his first 10 holes to move to within two shots of Shawn Stefani's lead. Also at 5 under overall is Tag Ridings, who has a pair of birdies and no bogeys through 10 holes.

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Update #16: 2:45 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi, not exactly known for his distance, eagled the par-5 1st hole to jump back into contention at 4 under, three back of Shawn Stefani. He has followed with three consecutive pars.

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Update #15: 2:36 p.m. EDT

Shawn Stefani fires a 1-under 70 to retain his lead, although it has been cut to one shot. The afternoon wave is on the course, with three players within three shots of the lead (Tag Ridings, Brendan Steele and K.J. Choi).

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Update #14: 1:36 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott is in the clubhouse at 6 under after a bogey-free, 5-under 66 vaulted him to within a shot of the current lead held by Shawn Stefani. Scott did most of his work on the par-5s, picking up birdie on each of the four long holes (he is 7 under on the par-5s for the week). He also had a birdie on the par-3 4th on Friday.

Scott had not played at Innisbrook the past two seasons, with his last appearance a T-28 finish in 2010 and he missed the cut in 2009.

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Update #13: 1:20 p.m. EDT

Jason Dufner had six birdies and a single bogey en route to a 5-under 66 that has pushed him into a tie for third with Harris English and Brian Harman.

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Update #12: 1:09 p.m. EDT

After a double-bogey on the par-3 13th and a bogey on No. 17 knocked him to 3 over and outside the cut line, Matt Kuchar has caught fire and has six birdies on his final nine (he played the back first) to vault into contention at 3 under.

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Update #11: 12:52 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott finds himself on top of the leaderboard at 6 under, tied with overnight leader Shawn Stefani. He has five birdies on the day, including all four par-5s. No bogeys on his card either as he plays the par-4 7th hole.

Meanwhile, Harris English fires a 2-under 69 to get into the clubhouse at 5 under.

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Update #10: 12:14 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott, who is T-3 at 5 under, has finished in the top 20 in his last nine stroke-play tournaments dating back to last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship, where he was T-7. That streak includes a T-5 at the Barclays Singapore Open, win at the Talisker Masters and T-3 at last week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Update #9: 12:07 p.m. EDT

Jason Dufner is 4 under through 13 holes today after entering round at even par. Dufner was T-10 here last year and has not finished worse than T-28 since 2009.

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Update #8: 12:05 p.m. EDT

Shawn Stefani leads at 7 under. His former college team, Lamar, leads the Border Olympics, too. Good day for the Cardinals.

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Update #7: 11:52 a.m. EDT

Tag! You're it! That's the way the top of the leaderboard feels now, as Shawn Stefani has regained his two-shot advantage with a birdie at No. 8 to move to 7 under, two clear of Harris English and Brian Harman. English had gained the outright lead at 6 under, but a bogey at the par-5 5th sent him back into a share of second.

Meanwhile, Adam Scott has joined Jason Dufner at 4 under, good enough for a share of fourth currently.

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Update #6: 11:23 a.m. EDT

Rookie Ben Kohles, starting on No. 10, has jumped out of the gates fast on Friday, picking up four birdies over his first six holes to move to 3 under overall, four back of leader Shawn Stefani.

There are lower scores at Copperhead today, as Jimmy Walker (thru 13 holes) is also 4 under on his round.

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Update #5: 11:20 a.m. EDT

It's Friday at a PGA Tour event, so you know there will be plenty of changes atop a leaderboard. Brian Harman picked up his second bogey of the day, this one at the par-4 12th, to drop back to 6 under. Meanwhile, Shawn Stefani birdies the par-4 6th hole to move to 7 under. The overnight leader opened with five consecutive pars. Moving closer to the leaders is Jason Dufner, who birdies Nos. 9 and 10 to get to 4 under on the day and for the tournament.

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Update #4: 11:14 a.m. EDT

After withdrawing from the Tampa Bay Championship prior to his second-round tee time due to illness, Bud Cauley has now failed to reach the weekend in five of seven starts on the PGA Tour this season. Full story.

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Update #3: 11:02 a.m. EDT

While early in the day, the projected cut is currently at 2 over, which means plenty of marquee players will need to make a move.

Matt Kuchar is 2 over through nine holes on Friday and has dropped to 3 over for the tournament. Aaron Baddeley, Martin Kaymer and Ben Crane are all at 3 over as well. Further down the leaderboard, Robert Garrigus is 4 over with 12 holes left to make up ground, while Zach Johnson is 8 over with 11 holes remaining.

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Update #2: 10:40 a.m. EDT

The action is starting to heat up a bit despite the chilly temperatures in Tampa, as Brian Harman has taken the outright lead with birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to move to 7 under, one shot clear of overnight leader Shawn Stefani, who is even through four holes.

Harman has made five cuts in eight starts on Tour this season, his best finish coming last week with a T-18 at the Puerto Rico Open. He has only one career top-10 finish on the PGA Tour.

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Update #1: 9:40 a.m. EDT

Harris English had moved to within a shot of the lead with two early birdies Friday, but fell back to 4 under overall with a bogey at No. 16 - his seventh hole of the day. Meanwhile, Brian Harman is one shot behind, picking up his second birdie of the day at the par-4 6th to move to 5 under. He started his round with a bogey-6 at the par-5 1st hole.

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Thursday coverage

5 THINGS: On a day when most players sputtered near even-par, Shawn Stefani ran out of the gates with an opening 6-under 65 to take a commanding two-shot lead at the Tampa Bay Championship. Story.

TRACKER: Shawn Stefani fired a 6-under 65 to lead the Tampa Bay Championship by two shots as players struggled on a cold and windy day at Innisbrook. See how it all happened.

ADAPTING QUICKLY: Former collegiate All-Americans, Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein and Jordan Spieth are making the transition to the professional game look fairly simple. Story.

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Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the tee times and pairings for the first round of the Tampa Bay Championship at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course. Pairings.

ON THE RISE: Jordan Spieth grows toward his first PGA Tour victory, while Tiger Woods rejuvenates his No. 1 form even if the computers don't see it, Jeff Rude writes. Column.

NOTEBOOK: Padraig Harrington will keep a busy travel schedule from here to Augusta. Come this time of year, all thoughts turn to the quest for a green jacket. Notes.

PREDICTIONS: A week after a star-studded field at the WGC-Cadillac Champioship, there are still 15 of the top 30 in our Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings playing at Tampa this week. Yet, Retief Goosen is the one getting all the fantasy love. Picks.

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