Davis slips late, still leads Honda Classic at midpoint

Juli Inkster, Ginn
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Juli Inkster, who eagled the par-5 third hole, is at three under par.

Duval, like Hart, has a major medical exemption this year because of health problems endured by his wife in 2007. Hart's wife fell seriously ill last year but is now healthy, and he's only about $160,000 shy of what he needed to make this year.

"I came out this year and I just said, you know, I'm going to try to work hard, play well and if I make the money and do it, then great," said Hart, who made more than $300,000 with a third-place finish at Pebble Beach. "But if I don't, it's not going to kill me. I have three kids, a healthy wife at home and a lot of good things going on there."

Duval hasn't bounced back so well.

He was over par on eight of his 18 holes Friday, including three double bogeys. Duval hasn't earned a penny this year in five starts, meaning he has 15 chances left to make the $713,235 he needs to reach what would have been 125th on last year's money list.

Davis is on pace to make that, and plenty more, this weekend. First prize at the Honda: a cool $990,000.

Notes: Scott Hoch, who entered the Honda after two straight wins on the Champions Tour, made the cut on the number in his first PGA Tour start in nearly three years. ... Tim Petrovic withdrew because of a neck injury after completing eight holes, the last two resulting in double bogeys. ... Carl Petterson holed a 30-yarder for eagle at the par-5 third hole, highlighting his round of 66 that got him within six shots of the lead. ... Tag Ridings, who didn't have a bogey in his first 22 holes, finished with seven Friday but still squeaked into the weekend on the cut line.

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