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Laird storms into contention

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Martin Laird is well placed to defend his title at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Open after surging up the field in round two.

Conditions were excellent for scoring at TPC Summerlin and Scotland's Laird proved the point by powering into contention with a round of 62. He went on a run of five successive birdies on the back nine to move up to 11-under.

"It's definitely the type of tournament you just have to keep firing, and even when you're five, six-under par, you know that's not good enough," Laird said. "You've got to keep going at pins, and that's what I did."

Laird's efforts were matched by Ryuji Imada who carded a 62 to propel him up to 12-under after 36 holes.

The second-round lead belongs to Jonathan Byrd who posted nine birdies and a solitary bogey in his round of 63. The American is one shot clear of the pack at 13-under.

"I've hit it very well the last two days," Byrd said. "I've given myself a lot of options, and I've putted well."

Rickie Fowler played some sparkling golf in his round of 64 and he is just three off the lead, alongside Nick Watney and Chad Campbell.

"We're in good position going into the weekend," Fowler said. "It would have been nice to play the par fives a little bit better today but, all in all, a good run."

The colourful presence of John Daly has added some spice to the event but he failed to make any real progress on the leaders with a round of 70, while it was a similar story for Englishman Brian Davis who is on five-under after two rounds.

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