- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 14, 2009

From combined dispatches

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. | Retief Goosen is sporting a new look at a tournament he has never played. After an 8-under 64 Friday in the second round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he’s hopeful of seeing some familiar results.

Goosen hit a 3-iron to eight feet for an eagle on the second hole at Pebble Beach, then picked up even more momentum by holing a 70-foot chip on the par-3 fifth green for birdie. With short birdies on two of the last four holes, he was at 12-under 132 and had a two-shot lead on Dustin Johnson.

Goosen is wearing prescription sunglasses for the first time in his career, and the belly putter he tried out last week in San Diego is starting to take hold. Now if he can only get the results that made him part of the “Big Four” in golf as recently as four years ago.

“I’d like to turn my game around and play better,” said Goosen, who has fallen to No. 42 in the world and not won on the PGA Tour since the now-defunct International in Colorado four years ago.

Johnson built an early lead playing Spyglass Hill with four birdies on his first six holes to reach 11 under. But he pulled his tee shot into the trees on the 325-yard 17th, hit a tree trying to chip out and took double bogey. He had to settle for a 69, leaving him at 10-under 134 as he heads to Poppy Hills and its five par 5s on Saturday.

Mike Weir and Mark Calcavecchia each had a 69 at Pebble Beach and were among those at 8-under 136.

Wie tied for lead

KAHUKU, Hawaii | Michelle Wie put herself in contention for her first LPGA Tour victory, shooting a 2-under 70 in difficult conditions in the second round of the season-opening SBS Open.

Making her debut as a card-carrying LPGA member, Wie used a three-birdie run to surge to the top of the leader board and finish with an 8-under 136, where she was tied with Angela Stanford (71) heading into Saturday’s final round.

Wie will be in the final group for the first time since the 2006 Evian Ladies Masters, where she tied for second and picked up her biggest tour paycheck of her career.

Pate, Langer set pace

BOCA RATON, Fla. | Jerry Pate and Bernhard Langer were in the lead at 8 under after the opening round of the Allianz Championships.

Pate wasn’t sure he would play at the Old Course at Broken Sound. He has been trying to get over a cold and has been slowed by surgeries on his knee and shoulder.

Pate had an eagle and six birdies in his round of 64, matching his best score since joining the senior circuit. Langer had nine birdies and a bogey to match Pate with a 64.

Webb loses her lead

MELBOURNE, Australia | Two-time defending champion Karrie Webb struggled in tough afternoon conditions and shot a 2-over 75 to fall into a three-way tie for second, two shots behind Lee Chang-hee of South Korea after the second round of the Women’s Australian Open.

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