Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Will Claxton posted a three-under 68 Friday and is tied atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera.
Claxton, the first-round leader, was joined in the lead by Greg Owen (67) and Daniel Summerhays (65).
Chris Stroud shot five-under 66 at El Camaleon Golf Course to move into fourth place at minus-seven.
Claxton started with a birdie on the second. He picked up his next birdie at the fifth before he parred the next four holes.
Around the turn, Claxton moved to minus-eight with a birdie on the 10th. After four more pars, he stumbled to a bogey on the par-three 15th. Claxton recovered that stroke with a birdie on the 17th. He parred the last to share the lead.
"Yesterday afternoon and this morning conditions were similar. Probably the wind was a little gustier today, but I've just kind of had good control over my ball," Claxton stated. "Certainly, I had a couple of good breaks here and there and putted the ball well, just doing all the things you do when you're playing well."
Owen played the back nine first on Friday and parred his first eight holes. He converted a birdie effort on the 18th to make the turn at minus-five.
The 40-year-old birdied the second and fifth before stumbling to a bogey on the par-four sixth. Owen bounced back with a birdie at seven and closed with another birdie at the last to end at eight-under.
"I played really well today. Tough conditions, and drove it in most of the fairways and just kept plugging away and took some chances," said Owen, who tied for ninth at Pebble Beach.
Summerhays poured in three birdies in a four-hole span from the second. Another birdie on the par-five seventh moved him to minus-six.
The 28-year-old Summerhays stumbled to a bogey on the par-four ninth. Around the turn, he atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the 12th. Summerhays also birdied the 14th and 18th to grab a piece of the lead.
NOTES: The cut line fell at three-over-par 145 with 75 players moving on to the weekend...Among those that missed the cut where Jhonattan Vegas, former Open Champion Ben Curtis, 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel, John Cook and course designer Greg Norman...Nick Price was among four players that withdrew on Friday.