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Campbell takes Nissan lead

Rain keeps late starters from finishing

February 19, 2005

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— Considering the amount of rain that soaked Riviera, Chad Campbell didn't expect to complete his second round Friday in the Nissan Open. The bigger surprise was where he finished.

Equipped with a vastly improved short game, Campbell nearly holed out two shots and only came close to a bogey once in a round of 6-under 65 that gave him a three-shot lead over Robert Allenby (67).

Whether he keeps that lead won't be determined until today.

A four-hour rain delay in the morning made it certain that first-round leader Brian Davis, Tiger Woods and the rest of the late starters would have to return today and face a long day -- weather permitting.

Woods, whose 67 was his best start ever at Riviera, missed a 4-foot eagle putt on his opening hole and let another one get away by missing a 10-foot birdie on the third hole. He was at 5 under, and faced 31 holes today.

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