Sunday Tribune

Owen shares Scottsdale lead

- SAPA-AFP in Scottsdale, Arizona

ENGLAND’S Greg Owen fired a six-under 64 to grab a share of the lead after the second round of the $5-million PGA Open on Friday.

Owen moved to an 11-under 129 total and is tied with Rickie Fowler who also shot 64 at the Grayhawk Golf Club.

American Justin Leonard is in sole possession of third at minus-10 after another 64.

With the season winding down, many of the players are trying to do well here in order to finish in the top 125 and retain their PGA Tour card.

Owen came out of the blocks quickly, posting birdies on five of his first six holes. He made a pair of 15-foot birdie putts on No 2 and 3 and then backto-back birdies on five and six.

Owen also birdied No 14, then holed a sand-wedge from 104 yards to post an eagle at 15.

He finished off his round by parring his final three holes for his first share of a second-round lead on the PGA Tour.

“I’ve actually played really, really well,” Owen said. “Winning on the PGA Tour would mean a lot.”

Fowler is seeking to become the first player since Ryan Moore to qualify for the tour based on earnings in sponsors’ exemptions and without going to qualifying school.

Moore shot five-under 65 and is tied for fourth place with first-round leader Nick O’Hern. Australia’s O’Hern shot 68 in the second round to reach nine-under 131.

“My expectatio­ns were basically just to go out and have two fun weeks and play as well as I could,” said Fowler.

“There’s always that goal of winning. There’s no reason to tee it up in a tournament if I don’t think I can win.

“Last week I put together some solid rounds and put myself in contention. This week, I feel like I’m in a great spot going into the weekend.”

Tied for sixth place are Chris Stroud (65), Heath Slocum (68), Bryce Molder (65), Tim Clark of South Africa (64) and Canada’s Stephen Ames (66).

The 36-hole cut fell at one-under 139, which means that defending champion Cameron Beckman did not make it to the weekend.

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