Greg Owen started his round double bogey-bogey. Since then, however, he’s gone 10 under over his last 15 holes, which included making this birdie on No. 5 (he started on the back nine). If he birdies his final hole, he’ll shoot a course-record 62.
Greg Owen hits his 51-yard approach shot on the par-4 fifth hole to 4 feet then makes the putt for birdie.
PGA TOUR rookie Harris English led the list of eight players who qualified Monday for this year's British Open. He also set a course record in the process.
The qualifier, the only one held in the United States, took place Monday at Gleneagles Country Club in the Dallas suburb of Plano. As in previous years, it comes in between the PGA TOUR's two tournaments in the North Texas area, last week's HP Byron Nelson Championship and this week's Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
English opened the 36-hole qualifier with a course-record 10-under 60 in the first round, with a string of six consecutive birdies at one point. He followed with a bogey-free 63 in the second round for a two-round total of 17 under. That was three shots better than Greg Owen.
Besides English and Owen, the other six qualifiers are Stephen Ames, Andres Romero, Justin Hicks, Bob Estes, Daniel Chopra and James Driscoll.
Another PGA TOUR rookie, Russell Knox, was tied with Estes, Chopra and Driscoll at 9 under but was the odd man out in the four-man playoff.
QUALIFIERS FOR BRITISH OPEN
|Pos||Player||Country||Round 1||Round 2||Score|
|1||Harris English||USA||60||63||17 under|
|2||Greg Owen||England||66||61||13 under|
|T3||Stephen Ames||Canada||69||61||10 under|
|T3||Andres Romero||Argentina||67||63||10 under|
|T3||Justin Hicks||USA||67||63||10 under|
|T6||Bob Estes||USA||66||65||9 under|
|T6||Daniel Chopra||Sweden||64||67||9 under|
|T6||James Driscoll||USA||66||65||9 under|
Three players are tied for the lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, including Daniel Summerhays, Will Claxton and Greg Owen. Chris Stroud sits one stroke back at 7 under.
Summerhays fired a 6-under 65 to grab his share of the second-round lead. He made seven birdies on Friday.
“It's funny, you know, you start out Friday, and you got your goals ‑‑ you know, you gotta make the cut, first of all, to have a chance on the weekend, made a couple birdies early on,” Summerhays said. “I hit it to an inch on the third hole, so I started with a couple birdies, and it kind of just set me at ease there.”
Defending champion Johnson Wagner is tied for 43rd, while notables Greg Norman, the El Camaleon course designer, and Mike Weir missed the cut.
The second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic is cruising along with Greg Owen and Will Claxton currently sharing the lead at 8 under after shooting 67 and 68, respectively, on Friday.
There’s a long way to go in the round and of course the tournament -- Charles Howell III is just two back and on the back nine -- but a win for either would be huge.
Both guys got their cards for this season by tying for 18th at q-school. Owen has managed four starts this season with a tie for ninth at Pebble Beach his best result, while Claxton has made three starts, missing the cut in two of them.
The top-10 by Owen was his first on the PGA TOUR since 2009, while Claxton has one top-25 in just a handful of starts after spending 2010 on the NGA Hooters Tour and making just one start on TOUR in 2011.
Other notables to keep an eye on through the second round: Kevin Stadler (T6 at 5 under), Matt Every and Billy Mayfair (both T9 and 4 under), and Robert Allenby, who is also 4 under and on the back nine.