Wilkinson and Lonard contend in Panama
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2012 Panama Claro Open | Round Two | 03 Mar 2012
The Nationwide Tour’s Panama Claro Championship in Panama City in Panama is at the halfway point and 34 year Texan, Edward Loar, has the lead on the demanding Panama Golf Club layout.
The left handed Loar, who actually has PGA Tour status in 2012, is playing this week’s event as he was unable to gain a start at the Honda Classic.
Loar played the Asian Tour for several seasons in the early 2000’s during which time he won both the Korean and Thailand Opens but has focused his attention on the Nationwide and now PGA Tours since 2006.
Loar leads by one over his fellow Americans, Justin Bolli and Brian Smock, Smock producing the equal best round of the day (64) to move within one.
New Zealander Tim Wilkinson birdied his final two holes to finish on his won in 4th position and just two from the lead.
Peter Lonard missed the cut last week at the PGA Tour event in Mexico but a week earlier had played well at the Nationwide Tour event in Colombia and the 44 year old Sydneysider leads the large Australian contingent at 2 under, in 6th position and four from the lead.
Aron Price is one shot further back in a share of 10th with Steve Bowditch at even par and in 18th position. Bowditch bogeyed three holes late in his round after being very much in the mix through 12 holes of round two.
Cameron Percy and Michael Sim also made the cut but are some way of the pace. Sim staged a good comeback after his opening round of 76 to make the cut on the number.
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