Gainey leads in Phoenix

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2011 Phoenix Open | Round Two | 06 Feb 2011

American Tommy Gainey leads the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the halfway mark, the second round being completed late on Saturday and an attempt now being made to get as much of round three in before darkness falls.

The balance of round three and hopefully all of round four will be played on Super Bowl Sunday, the importance of getting as much golf in as possible today and the event completed as early as possible tomorrow evident by the drawing power of the huge event in Dallas.

When round two drew to a close Gainey led by one over recent Sony Open winner, Mark Wilson, and by two over another in-form golfer Bill Haas.

Gainey, who regained his PGA Tour status opened with a 63 in round one and then added a 65 today to be at 14 under. The 25 year old, a former winner of the Big Break series on the Golf Channel, won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2010 and, although he missed his first three cuts this season, is clearly a much better player than that. He has displayed that game in the early stages of this week and how he handles this situation over the closing 36 holes will be intriguing in itself.

Beyond the first three, last year’s runner-up Rickie Fowler recorded a round of 62 to be in 5th position which he shares with two time winner of the event Phil Mickelson.

Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley are the best of the Australians in 7th position at 9 under and five behind Gainey.

Robert Allenby at 7 under and Marc Leishman at 6 under are the next best of the Aussies although perhaps the highlight in round two from an Australian perspective was the hole in one by Jarrod Lyle en route to his round of 67. Not only did he hole in one but he did so on the famed 16th hole in front of a mass of people. Lyle only claimed a start in this event at the last moment and has taken advantage of that break. He is at 5 under in 37th position.

Nathan Green was the only other Australian to make the cut at 3 under which was the cut of score.

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