Kapalua:Geoff Ogilvy's four-shot lead was cut to just one after some late slip-ups left him with a five-under 68 in Friday's second round of the Mercedes Championship.
The Australian's two-round total of 11-under 135 put him a stroke ahead of American D.J. Trahan (66), with South African Ernie Els (69) one shot further back.
Ogilvy was caught out by a wind change after his drive on the 17th, resulting in his first bogey of the tournament, and then three-putted the 18th to squander what could have been a good lead going into the weekend.
"The wind changed sometime between the tee shot on the 17th and the second shot on the 17th, and we couldn't really feel it where we were standing," Ogilvy said. "I'm pretty annoyed at the way I finished, but I'm happy with where I am and how I'm playing."
Trahan made a 40-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole to make up ground on the leader.
Els missed two putts inside 3 feet and dumped a pitch shot into the bunker for a bogey on the 14th, but did enough things well to keep him in contention.
"If I made some putts, I could have had a low one, and I knew today was the day to get a low one," Els said of the sunshine and mild breeze. "I'm there, but I feel like I could be a lot better. But it's fine. It's the first week of the year, and I guess I've just got to be patient."
Davis Love III birdied the last two holes for a 70 and was among six players at 7-under 139, along with Anthony Kim (68) Sean O'Hair (70), Ryuji Imada (70), Kenny Perry (71) and Johnson Wagner (71). Another stroke back was Boo Weekley, who would have been closer if not for a four-putt double bogey from 12 feet on the final hole.
"I pulled the first one, pulled the next one, then I done blew my top," said Weekley, who had to settle for a 70.
"The whole back side, I was playing either too much break or not enough break, and it started wearing on me."
Adam Scott knows the feeling, even though he didn't four-putt. He said a 67 reflected how he played, but lamented not making more chances. Of greater concern was staying within range of his fellow Aussie and good friend, Ogilvy, who was 11 under and on the back nine when Scott finished his round. Scott was asked if he could catch Ogilvy.
"No," Scott said, laughing. "Not if he keeps playing like this."