HAMILTON, Ontario, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Charles Howell III had a 2-under-par 68 Friday and saw his score stand up to give him the lead at the midway point of the $4.2 million Bell Canadian Open.
Howell made three birdies and a single bogey to get to 5-under 135 for the tournament and a one-shot lead after 36 holes. Tom Byrum, Hidemichi Tanaka and Kenichi Kuboya were hot on Howell's heels, tied in pursuit of the $756,000 first prize.
Howell is looking for his first win of the year. He lost to Weir in a playoff at the Nissan Open in Los Angeles. He has had five top-10 finishes.