Matteson, Imada tie for AT&T lead

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Troy Matteson shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the second-round lead with Ryuji Imada in the AT&T Classic on Friday.

Updated: May 21, 2007 15:52 IST
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Troy Matteson shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the second-round lead with Ryuji Imada in the AT&T Classic on Friday.

Matteson and Imada (67) had 10-under 134 totals on the Greg Norman-designed TPC Sugarloaf. And both failed to take full advantage of the 18th hole, a par 5 that gave up 20 eagles in the second round.

DJ Brigman (67) was a stroke back, and first-round leader Kevin Sutherland (71) followed at 8 under. Masters champion Zach Johnson (66) was 7 under along with Camilo Villegas (67) and Craig Kanada (70).

Villegas flamboyantly removed his cap and bowed to the gallery after hitting a 5-iron within 6 feet on No 18 set up an eagle. Imada birdied the 18th, while Matteson made a par.

"The greens might have been a little softer," Imada said. "The pins were in an easier position, though, today. So it was easier."

Johnson gains six shots

Johnson, the 2004 tournament winner, gained six shots on the field with his 66.

"I love playing in Georgia," said Johnson, from Iowa state. "The people are great here, and things have worked for me OK."

Matteson, whose lone US PGA Tour victory came last autumn in Las Vegas, entered his second event at TPC Sugarloaf having missed two straight cuts and six of 10.

"It's been, you know, a long couple months, but hitting some better shots, hitting some better drives and keeping the ball in the fairway has really helped me," Matteson said.

"Today it all came together. The putting came together, so it's a little bit of a shock to see a 64 after not working on it that long, but I'll take it for sure," he said.

Imada, from Japan, kept his composure despite a double bogey on the par-5 fourth. A streak of four straight birdies that moved him to 11 under ended when Imada acted hastily with the next group already on the tee.

With his caddie still walking up the fairway after raking a bunker for Tommy Armour III, Imada walked off his yardage from the wrong sprinkler head and used a sand wedge that came up 22 yards short.

His ball landed in the water.

"It wasn't a bad shot," Imada said. "So it wasn't overly disappointing, I guess."

With a 67 for the second straight day, Imada believes he has moved past a difficult five-tournament stretch that included a withdrawal and three missed cuts.

He finished ninth at the Byron Nelson Championship and earned money at the Wachovia and Players Championships.

"I'm obviously playing well, so I hate to make mistakes," Imada said. "But I know I can recover from it, so it's all right."

Henrik Stenston, David Toms and Lee Janzen were among those tied for 15th at 5 under. Stewart Cink was tied for 55th. Among those missing the cut at even par were Chris DiMarco and Charles Howell III.

A day after John Daly withdrew because of a shoulder injury, Rich Beem (flu) and Vaughn Taylor (allergies) pulled out of the tournament.

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