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The Tour Report

July 14 2011

4:30 PM

Lonard has adventurous trip to top

Peter Lonard was on his way to Columbus, Ohio to play in Nationwide Tour’s Chiquita Classic when he got the call that he’d made the field at Annandale.

The only problem was he was connecting in Atlanta, so Lonard still had to go to Columbus to get his luggage. He stayed the night and hit some range balls, but his flight the next day missed its connection so instead of Lonard arriving in Mississippi mid-Tuesday morning he didn’t get in until that night.

Lonard did get a look at the back nine Wednesday, but he didn’t even get in a practice round. So naturally he went out and shot a 7-under 65 to grab a share of the lead.

“I made a few mistakes down the front nine,” Lonard said. “But all in all, I played pretty good.”

Lonard has just two top-25s this season, but one of those came in his last start -- a tie for 11th at the Mexico Open presented by Banamex, where only a final-round 73 cost him.

“Mexico was good,” Lonard said. “I had a chance to win in that, and I blew it.  I hit probably one bad shot at the wrong time.

“With these rounds I probably feel more comfortable here than I do on the Nationwide because I know all the people here and it's pretty ‑‑ it's the life I've lived for the last 10 years at least.  Nationwide is all young kids and all that sort of stuff.  A lot of people that you don't know. I probably feel more comfortable here as well.  That probably doesn't hurt.”