LAS VEGAS: Chad Campbell eagled his final hole at TPC Summerlin to seize a share of the lead along with Troy Matteson in the $US4.2 million ($4.5m) Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.Campbell eagled the par-five ninth hole to complete a nine-under 62 for 129. Matteson followed his career-best first-round 62 with a 67 for 129. Campbell also had seven birdies in a bogey-free round.”I didn’t hit a very good tee shot,” Campbell said of his eagle. ”I hit it a little left. Luckily, it stopped short of the bunker and had a perfect lie … just a perfect three-wood and I was able to hit it up there 12 to 15 feet. It was definitely a great way to finish a round.”Matt Kuchar, coming off a victory two weeks ago at Turning Stone in the tour’s Fall Series opener, fired a 64 to join Ryan Moore (63), Bob Heintz (67) and Scotland’s Martin Laird (67) on 12-under 130.”I think the back nine is the nine that people are going to be taking advantage of,” Kuchar said after his sixth straight round in the 60s. ”I did it today. I shot six-under on the back side and only one-under on the front side. It seems like people are making the majority of their birdies on the back side. It makes for some fun finishing holes.”Moore’s round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-five 16th. ”Every hole is a birdie hole if you can get in position,” Moore said. ”So even if you do make a bogey or two, you feel like you can bounce back right away and make some birdies.”Rickie Fowler carded a 64, America’s 2008 college player of the year getting to 11-under 131 in his first PGA Tour start as a professional.Three-time Las Vegas winner Jim Furyk was also 11-under after a 67, along with Scott Piercy (67) and overnight co-leader Tom Pernice, who fired a 69. Greg Chalmers was the best placed Australian at 133, four shots off the pace.Meanwhile, Australia’s Andrew Martin and China’s Liang Wenchong each shot six-under 65s on Friday to be co-leaders after the second round of the China Classic.Liang fired six birdies, while Martin carded eight but bogeyed the second and third holes at the Royal Orchid International Golf Club in Shunde, south of Guangzhou.Their eight-under 134 totals put them two strokes clear of South Korea’s Park Jun-bum (66) and Australia’s Stephen Leaney (69) in the $US500,000 tournament, part of the OneAsia series that rivals the Asian Tour.Australia’s overnight leader Craig Scott (72) was a stroke further back at five-under, along with China’s Wenyi Huang (68) and Australian Brad McIntosh (71).
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