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October 7 2011

6:22 PM

Willis starts fast, pulls ahead

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Thanks to a couple of early birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, Garrett Willis, who shared the overnight lead with three others, has broken from the pack in the early goings of the second round.

This was Willis’ third first-round lead/co-lead on TOUR. His others came at the 2010 Transitions Championship, where he tied for 72nd and at this year’s RBC Heritage, where he tied for ninth. In his only other start at the Frys.com Open in 2007, Willis opened with rounds of 69-69-70 and then withdrew after the third round.

At 137th on the money list at the start of the week, it would behoove Willis to have a strong finish here as he tries to climb into the top 125 to secure his card for next year.

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