Changing putters does leader good

SUN WIRE SERVICES

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Tim Herron was so frustrated that he changed putters for the first time in seven years at a tournament renowned for having some of the most unpredictable greens on the PGA Tour.

Desperation slowly gave way to satisfaction in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when Herron shot a 2-under 70 at Poppy Hills and emerged with a one-shot lead in a tournament loaded with possibilities.

"Everyone who makes the cut is going to be right in the tournament," said Herron, who was at 7-under 137.

The cut won't be made until after today, when the 180-man field has played all three courses in the rotation, but one look at the muddled leaderboard makes it perfectly clear what Herron is talking about.

A 12-foot birdie putt on his final hole at Poppy gave him a one-shot lead over four players, including FBR Open winner J.B. Holmes and Nicholas Thompson, who was tied for the lead until missing a 20-inch putt on No. 8 at Pebble Beach, his 17th hole.

Jason Day, the 20-year-old Australian and youngest member of the PGA Tour, had a 70 at Spyglass Hill and was among a half-dozen players at 5-under 139.

Three dozen players were within four shots of the lead.

That group did not include defending champion Phil Mickelson, who played his final 11 holes at Spyglass with no birdies and three bogeys for a 72, although he still was in range at 1-under 143.

Mike Weir of Bright's Grove fired a 69 at Poppy Hills to move seven shots back at 144.

McGRANE LEADS MASTERS

In New Delhi, Damien McGrane of Ireland shot a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke lead after the second round of the inaugural Indian Masters.

He had five birdies and two bogeys for an 8-under 136 total at the Delhi Golf Club.

Hendrik Buhrmann, Raphael Jacquelin and Graeme McDowell each shot 69 and were two strokes back.

The Indian Masters marks the arrival of the European Tour in India.

AUSSIE RIGHT AT HOME

In Gold Coast, Australia, Australian Nikki Garrett holed a bunker shot for eagle and shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over 10 players after the opening round of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters.


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