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Byrd, Sluman share lead

Oct. 29, 2004 at 8:48 PM

PALM HARBOR, Fla., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Jonathan Byrd and Jeff Sluman shared the lead Friday at the midway point of the Chrysler Championship, the final full-field event on the PGA Tour.

Vijay Singh, seeking his ninth victory of the year and within reach of the $10 million mark, was two shots out of the lead.

Byrd fired his second straight 5-under 66 to join Sluman at 10-under 132. Singh shot a 69 and was tied at 134 with Tommy Armour III and Rod Pampling.

Byrd had three straight birdies beginning at the ninth and finished off his round with a birdie at the par-4 18th.

Sluman set a course record with a 62 in the opening round, but had to settle for a 70 Friday.

"I had opportunities to make at least a half a dozen birdies and I just didn't make them," Sluman said. "I guess that's kind of the way it goes."

Among those missing the cut was Phil Mickelson.

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