La Quinta, Calif. Joe Ogilvie figured there would be some awfully low scores in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
"I'm just surprised that I did it," Ogilvie said. "You look at the history of golf; I don't think I'm going to be in any encyclopedias of golf."
Ogilvie crafted a 9-under 63 Thursday to take a three-stroke lead, with defending champion Phil Mickelson in pursuit. Mickelson, who also won the 2002 Hope, shot a 64 to tie for second at 14 under with Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden, who had a second-round 62 -- the best round of the tournament so far.
Fred Couples and Billy Mayfair were in a group of five at 13 under, four shots off the pace. Couples had a 66 and Mayfair a 64.
Ogilvie began the five-day tournament with a 64 and was at 17-under 127 for two rounds, the third most shots below par through 36 holes in PGA Tour history. Tom Lehman was 19 under after two rounds at Las Vegas in 2001, and Joe Durant was 18 under on his way to winning the Hope earlier that year.
Players rotate among four different courses the first four days of the 90-hole tournament.