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The Tour Report

July 8 2011

12:30 PM

Afternoon update: Marino moves up

The second round of the John Deere Classic is in full swing, and so are Steve Marino’s chances to get his first career win on the PGA TOUR.

There’s still a lot of golf left of course, but Marino has moved into a share of the lead at 12 under after playing his first dozen holes in 5 under.

But a few others are taking it even deeper than that with Chez Reavie, Kirk Triplett and Jhonattan Vegas all 7 under in various stages of their rounds. As a result, Reavie has a share of the lead while Triplett and Vegas are two back.

Triplett is the most interesting, or at least surprising, of those contenders. The 49-year-old is playing on past champion status for the second straight year and no doubt counting down the days until the Champions Tour. In the meantime, he’s cobbled together just 15 starts the last two years, which includes just four this year prior to this week.

Of those four starts, Triplett has made the cut twice and finished in the top 50 just once. He’s also played in four events on the Nationwide Tour, where his best finish was a tie for 12th at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented Synnex Corporation.

Obviously a good finish here would go a long, long way for the rest of Triplett’s season.