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Stanley leads as Westwood bids to regain No.1 spot

America's Kyle Stanley is hunting his first win on the PGA Tour.
America's Kyle Stanley is hunting his first win on the PGA Tour.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • American hopeful Kyle Stanley leads after second round of Honda Classic
  • Stanley one shot clear of South Africa's Rory Sabbatini on six-under 134
  • World No.2 Lee Westwood five shots back after second round 69

(CNN) -- Kyle Stanley defied gusting winds at the PGA National course in Florida to take a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Honda Classic.

The 23-year-old American carded a four-under 66 for a two-round total of six-under 134 with South Africa's Rory Sabbatini his nearest challenger.

Sabbatini had taken advantage of morning conditions, still difficult, to post match the tournament record of six-under 64 and he looked set to lead until Stanley's impressive late charge.

Sabbatini's South African compatriot Charl Schwartzel is third at three-under after a 69, and Ricky Barnes (68), Jerry Kelly (67), Australia's Stuart Appleby (70) and Tommy Gainey (67) are two-under.

England's Lee Westwood, who needs a top-3 finish at the PGA Tour event to regain the world number one slot from the absent Martin Kaymer, carded a one-under 69 for one-under overall.

The wind probably wasn't as strong as it was Thursday
--Kyle Stanley
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Westwood, playing superbly from tee to green, was four-under, but fell victim to the famous "Bear Trap", the stretch from 15-17, and dropped late shots, twice missing short putts.

First round leader Spencer Levin and 2002 winner Matt Kuchar are also bracketed with Westwood at one-under.

The 23-year-old Stanley had six birdies, including three in a row, against two bogeys.

"The wind probably wasn't as strong as it was Thursday," Stanley told AFP

"Late in my round it wasn't really a factor."

But the tough conditions claimed several cut victims, with defending champion Camilo Villegas not making the weekend after an eight-over 78, while Canadian Mike Weir carded a career worst 85.