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Justin Leonard shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

Justin Leonard shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney World in Florida.
The American carded 11 birdies and three bogeys on a windy Palm Course to move to 12-under and pull two shots clear of Justin Rose and George McNeill, who both played on the Magnolia Course.
“I just gave myself a lot of chances,” said Leonard. “I was able to hit the ball pin high a lot, which is really important when you’re playing in windy conditions.
“I had a lot of makeable putts. I didn’t put a whole lot of pressure on my game today.”
Overnight leader Rose could only manage a 3-under 69 in the calmer morning conditions, but the Englishman, who now resides in nearby Orlando, is still in contention for his first win in two years and his first on the PGA Tour.
“I didn’t quite take advantage of the par-5s like I did yesterday,” said Rose. “Once again, I didn’t play quite how I wanted to play. I’m pretty happy to get out of it with a 69 and to keep moving forward and put myself in really good position for the weekend.”
England’s Greg Owen, who started the day in second place, finished with a disappointing 71 to slip down to a tie for eighth place.
The last event of the 2009 PGA Tour season, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic is also the last chance for a number of players to retain their Tour cards. With the top 125 on the money list earning full status and the next 25 granted conditional status, Friday’s competition proved to be a harrowing experience as players struggled to keep above the cut.
Former world No. 1 David Duval was amongst the casualties missing the cut after finishing 5 over par and near the bottom of the leaderboard after a second round 73. Duval’s runner-up finish at the U.S. Open this year and his 2001 British Open championship will get him into the first three majors next year, but the Tour stalwart will likely have to visit qualifying school in December.
“It’s not a position you want to be in,” Duval said. “It’s not fun, but really, I haven’t been focusing on it a whole lot.”
Rookie sensation Rickie Fowler saw his chances of earning full Tour status without a stint at Q-school evaporate after he followed his blistering first round 66 with a 75 to fall from a share of second place to T43. The 20-year-old will have to finish in the top ten to earn enough money from sponsors’ exemptions to skip qualification for a card, and while that may seem unlikely, he’s already earning the respect of Tour veterans.
“He’s got a very solid game, hits the ball a good way, has a great short game, makes a lot of putts,” said Leonard. “I mean that’s a great combination, and he’s got a lot of confidence right now in the way he’s playing, as well he should.
“And you know, it’s fun to see a young player like that come right out of college and do so well. You know, he certainly has the kind of the pedigree to be playing the way he’s playing.”
Collated second round scores & totals in the USPGA Tour Children’s Miracle Network Classic, Disney’s Magnolia & Disney’s Palm GC, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States of America.
(USA unless stated, par 72):
Magnolia GC

134 George McNeill 68 66, Justin Rose (Eng) 65 69
137 Casey Wittenberg 66 71, Greg Owen (Eng) 66 71, Chez Reavie 68 69
138 Kent Jones 70 68, Nick O’Hern (Aus) 68 70, Johnson Wagner 70 68
139 Will MacKenzie 67 72, Daniel Chopra (Swe) 68 71, Brian Gay 68 71
140 Patrick Sheehan 70 70, Jeff Maggert 71 69, Dean Wilson 75 65, Darron Stiles 71 69, Brandt Snedeker 70 70, Charles Howell III 70 70
141 Michael Bradley 70 71, Jeff Quinney 70 71, Kevin Streelman 70 71, Jeff Klauk 69 72, D.A. Points 71 70, John Rollins 70 71, Richard S Johnson (Swe) 69 72, Rickie Fowler 66 75, D.J. Trahan 70 71
142 Brendon De Jonge 70 72, Bo Van Pelt 70 72, Ted Purdy 69 73, Todd Hamilton 74 68, Webb Simpson 70 72
——————–The following players failed to make the cut——————-
143 Bob Heintz 71 72, Cliff Kresge 67 76, Brian Bateman 71 72
144 John Merrick 72 72, Greg Kraft 74 70, Heath Slocum 69 75, Jamie Lovemark 71 73, Bob Tway 72 72, Paul Goydos 74 70, David Mathis 70 74, Scott Gutschewski 70 74, Shane Bertsch 73 71
145 Joe Durant 70 75, Aaron Watkins 71 74, Patrick Moore 70 75, Mark Calcavecchia 72 73, Tommy Armour III 72 73
146 Charlie Wi (Kor) 70 76, Leif Olson 72 74, Matt Bettencourt 67 79, Tyler Aldridge 72 74
147 Roland Thatcher 74 73, Troy Kelly 73 74, Glen Day 71 76, Steve Elkington (Aus) 72 75
148 Michael Letzig 73 75, Eric Axley 73 75, John Mallinger 75 73
149 David Duval 76 73
150 Haymes Snedeker 74 76, Lee Janzen 74 76
152 Brad Adamonis 75 77
Palm GC
132 Justin Leonard 68 64
136 Tim Herron 70 66, Chris DiMarco 68 68, Tom Pernice Jnr. 69 67, Matt Weibring 68 68
137 Kris Blanks 67 70, Bill Haas 68 69, Zach Johnson 67 70, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 68 69, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 71 66
138 Jeff Overton 70 68, Cameron Beckman 70 68, Tom Lehman 71 67, Jonathan Byrd 70 68
139 Spencer Levin 71 68, Rod Perry 69 70, Brett Quigley 71 68, Joe Ogilvie 70 69, Jimmy Walker 69 70, Stephen Ames (Can) 69 70, Peter Lonard (Aus) 69 70
140 Charles Warren 70 70, Corey Pavin 69 71, David Toms 73 67, Rick Price 67 73
141 Brian Davis (Eng) 72 69, Chris Riley 70 71, Ben Crane 71 70, Aron Price (Aus) 71 70, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 72 69, Jay Williamson 70 71, Harrison Frazar 71 70, Nicholas Thompson 72 69
142 Ricky Barnes 73 69, Ryan Palmer 71 71, Rich Beem 69 73, Ken Duke 71 71, Marc Turnesa 72 70, Briny Baird 71 71, Jason Bohn 72 70, James Oh 71 71
——————–The following players failed to make the cut——————-
143 Brad Faxon 74 69, J.B. Holmes 72 71, Arjun Atwal (Ind) 74 69, Matthew Borchert 69 74, Jason Gore 71 72
144 Derek Fathauer 71 73, Erik Compton 72 72, Colt Knost 73 71, Steve Lowery 72 72, Matthew Jones (Aus) 78 66
145 Brian Vranesh 75 70, Steve Flesch 72 73, Scott Piercy 74 71, Parker McLachlin 74 71
146 Jarrod Lyle (Aus) 75 71, Tim Petrovic 72 74, Wil Collins 73 73
148 Peter Tomasulo 76 72, Robert Garrigus 74 74
149 Rocco Mediate 71 78
150 Michael Allen 73 77
151 Billy Mayfair 76 75, Brendon Todd 73 78

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