First-round leader Alex Noren posted a 5-under 66 to maintain a two-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Bermuda Championship.
Noren's round set the tournament record at 15-under 127 and he enjoyed a two-shot lead over Ryan Moore (64), Satoshi Kodaira and Ryan Brehm (both 65s), as the wind at Port Royal began to cause some doubt.
Noren felt he played about the same as he did on Thursday when he opened with a 61, with one big exception.
"The wedges came up 15 feet instead of 5, and had a bunch of tap-ins yesterday," he said. "The greens ... it's quite a lot of slope and quite a lot of grain. The first three birdies I just kind of rolled in, and then it was a little trickier."
Moore played bogey-free, one day after he felt he could barely keep the ball on the golf course and was saved by his putting. That gave him a jolt of confidence that he didn't have to hit it great to score well, and it carried over to the second round.
The timing is critical. Moore, a former Ryder Cup player, is at No.140 in the FedEx Cup. The PGA Tour season ends next week and the top 125 keep full PGA Tour cards. For players like Moore, it's time to deliver.
"It's time to do it or you don't, right?" Moore said. "Fortunately for me this week, I've been doing it better and feel a little bit better. Built some confidence on my last couple weeks, just different parts of my game starting to work better and that's what you want to see. Hopefully, it stays that way."
Brehm started 64-65 and he can only hope this is a repeat from another island. The Michigan native had never had a top 10 on the PGA Tour until he won the Puerto Rico Open in 2022. He hasn't had a top 10 since then.
He already is exempt for next year, though another out-of-nowhere victory would get him back to Kapalua to start the year and to the Masters for the first time.
Camilo Villegas, a runner-up last week in Mexico, had a 63 and was in the group three shots behind. The Colombian moved from No.223 last week to No.147. The top 150 have conditional status next year, but Villegas now has reason to make it all the way to a full card.
"Two good rounds to get started, same as last week," Villegas said. "Two good rounds to get started and we're only halfway there, but we'll keep playing."
Former British Open champion Stewart Cink, who turned 50 this year and has dabbled on the PGA Tour Champions, had a 67 and was among those at 11-under 131.
Former world No.1 Adam Scott, the highest ranking player in the field, played in the morning and shot 67 and is five shots off the lead, along with NCAA champion Fred Biondi, who had a 64.
But the Australian who impressed most on Friday was Cameron Percy.
The Victorian posted a seven-under 64 to improve on his first-round effort by eight shots that saw him beat the cut against all odds.
At six under, Percy was safe of the projected cut at five under when play was suspended.