Los Angeles - US PGA Tour rookie Grayson Murray birdied his
final hole on Friday to take a two-shot lead over Ireland's Seamus Power and
England's Greg Owen after two rounds of the Sanderson Farms Championship in
Murray's closing birdie at the Country Club of Jackson's
ninth hole - where he stuck his approach shot within three feet - was his
eighth of the day in a seven-under 65 that gave him a 12-under total of 132.
Owen nabbed six birdies in his five-under 67 for 134 while
Power followed up a first-round 65 with a three-under 69 that included four
Owen, making his 250th US PGA Tour start this week, is in
search of his first title. His best finish was a solo second at the 2006 Arnold
Former US Open champion Lucas Glover carded a 69 to head a
group on 135 that also included Canada's Graham DeLaet (69) and Americans
Brandon Hagy (68) and Trey Mullinax (70).
The tournament played opposite the elite WGC-HSBC Champions
in Shanghai features few of golf's marquee names. American Chris Kirk, at 74th
in the world, is the highest-ranked player in the field.
English veteran Ian Poulter, playing just his second
tournament since a foot injury sidelined him for almost five months, missed the
Poulter posted a two-under 70 on Thursday, and endured a
tough back nine that included four bogeys on Friday en route to a 75 that left
him one-over for the tournament.
First-round leader Kevin Streelman followed up his sparkling
63 of Thursday with a 73 that left him four off the pace.
He was in a group on 136 that also included Japan's Hiroshi
Iwata, Canadian Nick Taylor, Argentina's Andres Romero, American Dicky Pride
and American Cody Gribble - who climbed up the leaderboard with an impressive
63 of his own.
Leading second-round scores on Friday in the US PGA Tour Sanderson
Farms Championship at Jackson, Mississippi (USA unless noted):
132 - Grayson Murray 67-65
134 - Greg Owen (ENG) 67-67, Seamus Power (IRL) 65-69
135 - Graham DeLaet (CAN) 66-69, Brandon Hagy 67-68, Lucas Glover 66-69, Trey Mullinax 65-70
- Dicky Pride 66-70, Nick Taylor (CAN) 68-68, Kevin Streelman 63-73,
Andres Romero (ARG) 67-69, Cody Gribble 73-63, Hiroshi Iwata (JPN) 66-70
- Noh Seung-Yul (KOR) 67-70, Troy Merritt 70-67, Andres Gonzales 70-67,
Xander Schauffele 67-70, Cameron Smith (AUS) 67-70, Eric Axley 69-68,
Chris Kirk 67-70, Michael Putnam 68-69, Luke List 71-66