Date: March 08, 2008

Appleby slips up

Stuart Appleby is five shots off the lead at the PODS Championship in Tampa Bay with inclement weather suspending the second round. American Jeff Maggert, who was only halfway through the course before play on the second day came to an abrupt end, is the current leader with a score of eight under. Appleby (three under) had a day he&aposd rather forget, carding a horror two-over par round of 73 which included five bogeys at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th and 17th holes. The Australian&aposs second round was in complete contrast to his first which saw him register a five-under round of 66. Maggert had no such trouble in his first nine holes on the second day with four birdies already under his belt to go with the six he reeled off in the first round. The American now enjoys a three-stroke lead with compatriots Kenny Perry and DJ Trahan both tied for second on five under par. Perry and Trahan were also unable to complete their respective second rounds before Mother Nature intervened. Perry is progressively even after nine holes while Trahan is two under after seven. Meanwhile, John Senden, Rod Pampling and Geoff Ogilvy managed to get 18 holes in on day two and are all two strokes behind Appleby on one under and seven shots off the lead. Like Appleby, Senden had a dramatic turnaround in form from day one as he carded a three-over par second round of 74 thanks to five bogeys and only two birdies. Pampling and Ogilvy put in marginally better efforts on day two with rounds of 71 and 72 respectively. Second Round of the PODS Championship, Tampa Bay (Play Suspended) (Par 71): -8: Jeff Maggert 66 -5: Kenny Perry 66, DJ Trahan 68 -4: Sean O&aposHair 69, Bart Bryant 65, Jeff Overton 68 -3: Stuart Appleby (Australia) 66 73, Billy Mayfair 68 71, Lee Janzen 65 74, Mark Calcavecchia 69 70, Paul Casey 67 72, Tag Ridings 70, Tom Pernice Jr 67, Stewart Cink 66, Daniel Chopra 70, Ted Purdy 69, Billy Andrade 69 -2: Tim Petrovic 72 68, Heath Slocum 69 71, Shigeki Maruyama 69 71, Michael Letzig 69 71, George McNeill 70, Nick Watney 68, Brian Davis 70, Chez Reavie 70 Also: -1: John Senden (Australia) 67 74, Rod Pampling (Australia) 70 71, Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 69 72, Peter Lonard (Australia) 69 +1: Steve Elkington (Australia) 73, Robert Allenby (Australia) 70 +2: Matthew Goggin (Australia) 72 72, Nathan Green (Australia) 67 77, Matt Jones (Australia) 72 72 +3: Nick Flanagan (Australia) 70 75 +4: Stephen Leaney (Australia) 72 +5: Jason Day (Australia) 71 76, Nick O&aposHern (Australia) 72 +9: Brett Rumford (Australia) 72 79 Withdrawn: Mark Hensby (Australia)