Shawn Stefani: 36-hole leader after a steady 70
PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani continues to lead the Tampa Bay Championship at the halfway mark after a second round 70.
Stefani, who led by two after an opening 65, was hoping to increase his advantage after heading out in the morning wave but had to settle for a one-under round featuring three birdies and two bogeys.
However, with scoring conditions still tough at the par 71 Copperhead Course in Innisbrook, none of the afternoon starters could match his 36-hole total of seven-under 135.
KJ Choi, a two-time champion of this Florida event, did catch Stefani at seven-under after birdieing the par three 15th to get to five-under for his round.
But having reached seven-under, the South Korean bogeyed the 16th and two closing pars left him tied second with Australian Adam Scott.
Scott, who was out early, fired a bogey-free 66 which featured birdies at each of the four par fives and another at the par three fourth.
American Ryder Cup star Jason Dufner compiled a six-birdie 66 to end the day tied for fourth with compatriots Harris English and Brian Harman
Sergio Garcia is nicely placed on four-under - three shots back - after a 67 but defending champion Luke Donald has work to do.
The Englishman, who bogeyed three of his final four holes in his opening round 70, could only manage a 72 and, for the second day running, that included a bogey at his final hole.