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Weir, Daly cruising in Nissan

Mike Weir's victory last year at Riviera was no fluke.

Neither was John Daly's victory last week.

Weir, who had never made the cut in the Nissan Open until he won in a playoff last year, birdied five of his last seven holes yesterday for a 7-under-par 64 that tied the 36-hole record at Riviera and gave him a one-stroke lead over Briny Baird and Scott McCarron in Los Angeles.

Daly also tied a record -- most trips to the media center in one week.

Daly played even better than he did last week at Torrey Pines, where he won his first PGA Tour event in nine years. Keeping a large crowd in suspense with every shot and every putt, he had a chance to tie Weir for the lead until making a bogey on his final hole for a 64 that left him two shots behind.

It continued an amazing resurgence for Daly, the two-time major winner who has a history of winning big tournaments and making news off the golf course.

The cheers that followed him resounded across Riviera as Daly kept stuffing iron shots close to the pins.

Weir was at 12-under 130, tying the record set by Davis Love in 1992. It was a daunting target for the afternoon starters, who had to face periods of rain.

Tiger Woods got his act together, too, driving the ball better than he has in a while. He made his 117th consecutive cut with two birdies on his final three holes for a 5-under 66.

Australasian: Thaworn Wiratchant and Lee Sung-man shared the lead at the Malaysian Open after rain interrupted second-round play in Kuala Lumpur.

Thaworn shot a 5-under 67 for a two-day total of 137. Lee, who was born deaf, shot a 68. Less than half the field completed the round, which will resume today.

Champions: Tom Kite found the weather to his liking and shot an 8-under 63 for a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at the TPC of Tampa Bay.. . .
The Match Play Championship lost another top name when the world's No. 3 player, Ernie Els, withdrew, saying he wanted be in London when his 4-year-old daughter goes to school for the first time.

The $7 million event begins Wednesday at La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif.

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