Joe Ogilvie keeps selling himself short.
After shooting a 6-under 66 Friday to go to 23 under in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at La Quinta, Calif., he downplayed his round.
"I got lucky, basically. The way I played, 66 was a gift," said Ogilvie, who had a two-shot lead over Australian Peter Lonard (64) with 36 holes remaining.
Ogilvie shot a 63 on Thursday to open a three-shot lead over defending champion Phil Mickelson, who shot 70 on Friday and dropped seven shots behind. Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden remained close with a 67 that left him third at 19 under.
Craig Stadler, who won the Hope in 1980 for his first tour victory, shot his way into contention with a 65 that put him in a group with Mickelson at 16 under, seven shots behind Ogilvie.
Ogilvie rolled in birdie putts of 20, 15, 25, 18 and 22 feet on his first nine holes.
He began his round on the back nine at Tamarisk Country Club and had a 5-under 31 at the turn. He made two birdies and a bogey over his last nine holes.
"I easily could have shot 37 instead of 31," he said of the first nine, when his drives tended to stray. "I could easily have bogeyed three out of my first five holes. On the back side of Tamarisk, they've got white soldiers -- out-of-bounds stakes -- on both sides of the fairways.
"Every time I looked up, I saw out-of-bounds stakes, so it wasn't the greatest mental picture I've ever had. But I got away with it."
England's Nick Dougherty shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Colin Montgomerie in the Caltex Masters in Singapore.
Dougherty had a 9-under 135 total on the Laguna National course. Montgomerie followed his opening 65 with a 71.
The event is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.