Rocha shoots up leaderboard

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Alexandre Rocha enjoyed an eventful day at the Reno-Tahoe Open as he shot up the leaderboard on Friday.

Alexandre Rocha enjoyed an eventful day at the Reno-Tahoe Open as he shot up the leaderboard on Friday.

The Brazilian finds himself on 24 points, two ahead of American duo John Mallinger and JJ Henry, after carding an eagle, seven birdies and three bogeys in his second round.

Henry started with back-to-back bogeys but he hit back with an eagle at the par-five eight en route to scoring 12 points.

“I think I was still asleep for those first two holes in the morning but actually I hit good drives and it was a couple of shaky approach shots that led to two bogeys, but I knew coming into this week that I was playing really well,” Henry said.

Mallinger followed up his opening round of 11 points with a similar score after he picked up six birdies and dropped only a single shot.

The Reno-Tahoe Open is the only PGA Tour event played under the Modified Stableford scoring system and Mallinger believes it assists his game.

“This is a new format for me, I’ve never played it before and I’m just trying to get used to getting the score out of my mind and just playing golf. I think it’s actually helped me,” he said.

Overnight leader Andres Romero of Argentina is three points off Rocha’s pace after dropping five shots on Friday. He is tied for fourth place on 21 points with India’s Arjun Atwal, who carded nine birdies as well as a bogey and double-bogey.

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