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Published: Saturday April 27, 2013 MYT 7:46:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 27, 2013 MYT 11:30:06 AM

Glover grabs New Orleans lead, Chinese phenomenon Guan makes cut (Update)

Guan Tianlang of China hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 26, 2013 in Avondale, Louisiana. - AFP Guan Tianlang of China hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 26, 2013 in Avondale, Louisiana. - AFP

NEW ORLEANS: Lucas Glover fired a five-under par 67 on Friday to hold a one-shot lead over Boo Weekley after two rounds of the US PGA Tour's $6.6 million Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Glover, a former US Open champion who is seeking his first win since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship, had a 36-hole total of 12-under 132.

Weekley carded a four-under par 68 at TPC Louisiana for 133.

D.A. Points also notched a 68 and was a lone in third on 134.

Morgan Hoffmann's 69 gave him a nine-under total of 135, one shot ahead of last year's runner-up, South African Ernie Else, who posted a 69 for 136.

Glover had eight birdies in his round, including a four-footer at the first.

He followed that up with a birdie at the second, where he chipped his third shot to seven feet and made the putt.

Glover, who won the US Open title in 2009, bogeyed the third, but rebounded with birdies at three of his next four holes.

He made a bogey from a bunker at the 10th, but responded with birdies at 11 and 13 before a bogey at 17 - which he promptly followed with an 18-foot birdie putt at the last.

"Ball-striking wise, I've been where I'm used to being. But I don't know that I've ever putted like I have the past two days, so I don't know if I can say I'm back because I've never been there," said Glover, who has struggled this season after knee surgery cut his 2012 campaign short in September.

"It changes every weekend," Glover said. "I've made a little adjustment with my setup, a little more stable on my left side and a little more weight left. Did I see this coming? Yeah, it was just one of those things where I had to get the putter straightened out."

Weekley opened his round with an eagle at the par-four 10th. He also had four birdies and two bogeys, capping his round with a seven-foot birdie at the par-three ninth.

The seventy-one players who made the cut at three-under included Chinese teen sensation Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old who made the cut and earned Low Amateur honors at the Masters a fortnight ago.

Guan carded a three-under 69 to make the cut on the number at three-under 141.

"Making the cut is one of my goals," the teenager said.

"I'm having fun these couple of days, and I hope to play my best and go a little further into the weekend." - AFP

Earlier report

Chinese phenomenon Guan fires 69, poised to make cut at New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS: Chinese phenomenon Guan Tianlang fired a three-under-par 69 on Friday and was on the verge of making the cut in the US PGA Tour Zurich Classic a fortnight after his historic weekend at the Masters.

Guan's second-round effort followed an even-par opening round and gave him a three-under total of 141.

That was nine shots off the clubhouse lead of Lucas Glover, but within the projected cut line of two under with afternoon starters still on the course.

"I think I played a very good round today," the 14-year-old amateur said after a round that included five birdies and two bogeys.

"I made a lot of birdies and a couple of good up and downs. So I think I had a pretty good round, I think. I think I made the cut. ...

"Making the cut is one of my goals. I'm having fun these couple of days, and I hope to play my best and go a little further into the weekend."

Two weeks ago at Augusta National, Guan became the youngest player ever to compete in the Masters and the second-youngest in any of the major championships.

He shot a final-round 75 for a 12-over total of 300, earning Low Amateur honors.

His parents were among the large gallery that followed him on Friday at TPC Louisiana.

Guan spent a month in the New Orleans area last year working on his game, a factor he believes contributed to the sizable number of fans who followed him.

"I'm not too surprised because I came here last year and I have some friends here," he said. - AFP

Leading second-round scores on Friday in the USPGA Tour $6.6 million Zurich Classic of New Orleans (USA unless noted, par-72):

132 - Lucas Glover 65-67

133 - Boo Weekley 65-68

134 - D.A. Points 66-68

135 - Morgan Hoffmann 66-69

136 - Ernie Els (RSA) 67-69

137 - Brian Davis (ENG) 68-69, Jerry Kelly 70-67, Justin Rose (ENG) 68-69, Jeff Maggert 70-67, Bobby Gates 67-70, Doug LaBelle 70-67

138 - Matt Jones (AUS) 67-71, Luke Guthrie 67-71, Billy Horschel 67-71, Gary Woodland 68-70, Chris DiMarco 68-70, Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 70-68, Jimmy Walker 67-71, Steve LeBrun 70-68, John Peterson 71-67, Harris English 68-70, Nick Watney 69-69, Bubba Watson 73-65

139 - Jason Bohn 68-71, Chris Kirk 67-72, Tommy Gainey 68-71, Stephen Ames (CAN) 67-72, Chad Campbell 68-71, Ken Duke 70-69, Richard H. Lee 70-69, Kyle Stanley 72-67, Joey Snyder 72-67, Graham DeLaet (CAN) 68-71, Jason Kokrak 68-71, Ken Looper 73-66 - AFP

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