PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Arron Oberholser shot a 5-under 67 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Charley Hoffman and Peter Tomasulo in the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.

Oberholser, who missed the last two months of the PGA Tour season because of elbow and back injuries, had six birdies and a bogey on the Del Monte course to match Hoffman and Tomasulo at 11-under 133.

“I’m testing myself out here,” said Oberholser, who finished 88th on the PGA Tour money list. “I’m testing my body, my mind and my routines. I want to see if I can get through four rounds of competitive golf without any problems.”

Hoffman, who finished 19th on the Nationwide Tour money list to earn a 2006 PGA Tour card, shot a 64 at Pebble Beach. Tomasulo, a former University of California star who played the Canadian Tour this year, had a 68 at Spyglass Hill.

First-round leader Tom Purtzer (71), Hunter Haas (69) and Jim Thorpe (69) were 10 under.

“I hit the ball and I played well,” said Purtzer, who won the 3M Championship this year en route to his best Champions Tour season. “But I just didn’t make the 8- to 10- footers I made yesterday.”

Rich Beem, who matched the day’s best round with a 64 at Spyglass, was tied with Todd Fischer (70) and Parker McLachlin (66) at 9 under.

Former Vanderbilt player May Wood shot a 66 at Del Monte to lead the female competitors at 8 under. Jason Gore (64), Spike McRoy (66) and D.A. Points (64) also were 8 under.

AP-ES-11-18-05 2040EST


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