Notebook, Round 2: Reno-Tahoe Open

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July 16, 2010
Colin Murray

Weather: Mostly sunny with afternoon temperatures reaching 93 degrees. Light and variable winds in the morning changed to W-NW at 7-15 mph, gusting to 15-25 mph.

The 36-hole cut fell at 3-over-par 147 with 71 players qualifying to play the weekend. The 3-over-par cut is the highest in the 12-year history of the Reno-Tahoe Open and just the fourth over-par cut at Montreux Country Club (145 (+1) -- 1999, 145 (+1) -- 2000, 145 (+1) 2003).

First-round leader Matt Bettencourt carded a 4-under-par 68 Friday and shares the 36-hole lead with Robert Garrigus at 10-under-par 134. Garrigus equaled the low round of the tournament Friday with bogey-free, 7-under-par 65. Both are in search of their first PGA TOUR victory.

The second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win five-of-11 times at the Reno-Tahoe Open, including each of the last three years (Steve Flesch -- 2007, Parker McLachlin -- 2008 and John Rollins -- 2009).

The second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 10-of-28 events on the PGA TOUR in 2010, including each of the last two weeks at the AT&T National (Justin Rose) and John Deere Classic (Steve Stricker).

Matt Bettencourt (66-68 -- 134, -10) T1

Prior to this week, Matt Bettencourt had made only 8-of-21 cuts on the PGA TOUR in 2010 with his best result a T39 at the Bob Hope Classic. However, with his 4-under-par 68 today, he has now carded scores in the 60s in five of his last six rounds. His rounds of 66-68 (-10) to start in Reno are his lowest consecutive rounds relative to par since joining the PGA TOUR in 2009, eclipsing a 66-69 (-9) in the second and third rounds of the Bob Hope Classic earlier this year.

The 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open represents the first time Matt Bettencourt has held the 36-hole lead/co-lead during his PGA TOUR career. Prior to this week his best position through 36 holes on the PGA TOUR was a T5 at the 2009 Memorial Tournament where he went on to finish T5, his career-best finish.

In his only previous appearance at the Reno-Tahoe Open Bettencourt finished T52 in 2009.

Matt Bettencourt leads the field with two eagles through 36 holes. He eagled the 636-yard, par-5 No. 17 in the first round after hitting his second shot from 261 yards to three feet. He eagled the 584-yard, par-5 No. 11 in Friday's second round, holing his second shot from 39 yards.

Robert Garrigus (69-65 -- 134, -10) T1

Robert Garrigus carded a bogey-free, 7-under-par 65 in Friday's second round and shares the 36-hole lead with Matt Bettencourt at 10-under-par 134. Garrigus has made the cut in all three previous appearances at the Reno-Tahoe Open with his best finish a T9 in 2009.

Robert Garrigus has made the cut in each of his last five starts on the PGA TOUR, dating back to the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May, and has made seven-of-11 cuts on TOUR in 2010.

The Reno-Tahoe Open marks the first time in his PGA TOUR career that Robert Garrigus has held the lead/co-lead through 36 holes. Prior to this week his best position through 36 holes on the PGA TOUR was a T3 at the 2007 AT&T National, the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the 2009 Reno-Tahoe Open.

John Mallinger (69-67 -- 136, -8) 3rd

John Mallinger posted a 5-under-par 67 in Friday's second round and is alone in third at 8-under-par 136. The solo third is Mallinger's best position through 36 holes since he was tied for the lead at the 2009 HP Byron Nelson Championship. He also held a share of the 36-hole lead at the 2007 Canadian Open.

John Mallinger is in search of his first PGA TOUR victory. In 108-career starts on the PGA TOUR entering this week, Mallinger's best finish was a solo second at the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Mallinger is making just his second-career start at the Reno-Tahoe Open. He finished T30 at Montreux Golf & CC in 2007.

A graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and resident of Las Vegas, NV, Bill Lunde posted a 4-under-par 68 in Friday's second round and is T4 through 36 holes at 7-under-par 137. Lunde missed the cut at the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2009, his only previous appearance. His career best finish on TOUR was a T4 at the 2009 Frys.com Open.

In just his second start on the PGA TOUR in 2010, Bob Heintz fired a 4-under-par 68 in Friday's second round and is 7-under-par 137 through 36 holes (T4). He finished T41 earlier this year at the Transitions Championship in March. His best finish at the Reno-Tahoe Open was a T11 in 2008.

Kevin Stadler carded a 5-under-par 67 Friday and is T4 at 7-under-par 137. Born in Reno, Stadler is making his fifth appearance at the Reno-Tahoe Open with his best finish a T2 in 2007.

The top seven players on the current leaderboard at the Reno-Tahoe Open are all in search of their first PGA TOUR victory. The Reno-Tahoe Open has a history of producing first-time winners with five in the 11-year history of the event: Notah Begay III (1999), Chris Riley (2002), Vaughn Taylor (2004), Will MacKenzie (2006) and Parker McLachlin (2008).

Tournament host Scott McCarron fired a 3-under-par 69 in Friday's second round and is currently 5-under-par 139 through 36 holes (T10).

Defending champion John Rollins stands at 1-under-par 143 (T33).

Player Score Position
Will MacKenzie (2006) 68-72 -- 140 (-4) T12
John Rollins (2009) 71-72 -- 141 (-1) T33
Kirk Triplett (2003) 76-68 -- 144 (E) T42
Vaughn Taylor (2004, 2005) 74-72 -- 146 (+2) T61
Notah Begay III (1999) 80-69 -- 149 (+5) MC
Steve Flesch (2007) 74-71 -- 145 (+1) T48
Parker McLachlin (2008) 81-WD WD

Seven past winners of the Reno-Tahoe Open are competing this week. Here is a look at how each fared through two rounds:

Len Mattiace (78-65 -- 143, -1 T33) and Robert Garrigus (69-65 -- 134, -10 T1) fired the low rounds of the tournament Friday, 7-under-par 65s.

Scoring Averages at the par-72 Montreux Golf & Country Club:
  Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday: 36.744 36.864 73.608 ---
Friday: 36.620 36.347 72.967 73.293

Shiv Kapur made the fourth double eagle on the PGA TOUR in 2010, holing his second shot from 297 yards on the 616-yard, par-5 9th using a 3-wood. It was the first double eagle in the history of the Reno-Tahoe Open. Shaun Micheel (No. 6, R4, U.S. Open), Steve Wheatcroft (No. 3, R2, St. Jude Classic) and Carl Pettersson (No. 5, R3, Bob Hope Classic) have also posted double eagles this year on TOUR.

Bogey-free rounds:

Thursday: Jarrod Lyle (69), John Mallinger (69)

Friday: Robert Garrigus (65), Len Mattiace (65), John Merrick (68), Kirk Triplett (68), Chad Campbell and Dicky Pride (69).

Keith Clearwater (neck), Jerod Turner (back), Parker McLachlin (N/A) and Andrew McLardy (foot) withdrew during the second round.

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