Aussie Deane surprises at Byron Classic
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2008 EDS Byron Nelson Championship | Round Two | 26 Apr 2008
Australians currently dominate the US$6.4 million EDS Byron Nelson Classic with Adam Scott leading towards the completion of 36 holes while Mark Hensby is in a share of second place with Mathew Goggin, but there is another less familiar Australian also doing well.
Ex-Queenslander Stuart Deane finds himself in 15th place after 36 holes, his second round of 69 getting him within four of Scott’s lead. Deane qualified on Monday for this week’s event with a round of 66 at the Sherrill Park Golf course, earning one of the four spots available to qualifiers in the tournament.
The 36-year-old Deane, who is originally from Brisbane but is now based in Arlington in the south-west of Texas, plays the US Pro Golf Tour (as opposed to the PGA Tour) and in fact in 2006 won US$1 million in a one off Skills Elimination Challenge event on that tour.
Deane has played the occasional event on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tours but his golf has, in the main, been restricted to mini tours. He does, it would seem, have a considerable amount of game.