John Cook had two eagles yesterday to move into a tie for the lead with Scott Simpson midway through the low-scoring Hawaiian Open in Honolulu.
"I can't remember having two days in a row with winds this calm," said Simpson, a former U.S. Open champion and now a resident of this island state.
Just as in Thursday's opening round, only gentle breezes ruffled the palm fronds, in sharp contrast with the brisk tradewinds and howling Kona winds that usually rake the Waialae Country Club course.
"We're not used to this," Cook said after his second-round 66 had lifted him into a tie for the 36-hole lead with Simpson at 130.
"We've enjoyed the last two days," Cook said, "but I'm sure the usual winds will be coming back."
Rookie Dave Sutherland fired a 63 and Fred Funk of Bethesda, Md., a 64.
Simpson, however, slipped six strokes from his opening 62. Cook caught him with an effort that, besides the two eagles -- a 2 and a 3 -- included a near-miss on another shot.
Chip Beck (66), Gil Morgan (66) and Ed Humenik (69) were two strokes behind the coleaders.
Tom Watson, playing in his first tournament of the year, shot 71 and, at 145, appeared certain to miss the cut.
Sarah McGuire shot a 4-under-par 67 for a one-stroke lead as the LPGA season got underway in Montego Bay. In second was defending champion Patty Sheehan. Jill Briles-Hinton was with Kathy Postlewait at 70.