Date: July 06, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Bowditch in the hunt at Greenbrier

American Matt Every has a one-shot lead at the Greenbrier Classic, just ahead of a group of five including Steven Bowditch at the midway point in West Virginia. Every struck an electric eight-under 62 at The Old White, opening his day with consecutive birdies and finishing on the par-four ninth with another shot gained to cap a bogey-free round. The 29-year-old is out in front at nine under at the PGA Tour event. Tied for second are four locals – Daniel Summerhays, Bill Lunde, Russell Henley and Johnson Wagner – at eight under, alongside Australia&aposs Bowditch. Henley was the best of that bunch on Friday, carding a five-under 65, while Tommy Gainey who held the overnight lead with Wagner was in a tie for seventh at seven under. Alongside Gainey, who went one over for his second round, were American Ben Curtis, England&aposs Greg Owen and Swede Jonas Blixt. A group of six are tied for 11th at six under, including Zimbabwe&aposs Brendon de Jonge and South Korea&aposs DH Lee, while major champion Louis Oosthuizen is among a pack of 10 at five under. Australia&aposs Matt Jones was also tied for 17th with Oosthuizen after a four-under 66 for his second round to leave him four shots from the lead. Bowditch and Jones were joined by Alistair Presnell (35th – three under), John Senden (48th – two under) and Cameron Percy (60th – one under) in making the cut. Amongst those not to make the weekend was Phil Mickelson, who failed to recover from his four-over 74 on day one to miss the cut by three strokes. Also out of action after Friday&aposs play were Australia&aposs Stuart Appleby, Fiji&aposs Vijay Singh and American John Daly – with the latter withdrawing three holes into his second round due to injury and later tweeting he would be sidelined for &apos3-4 months&apos due to impending elbow surgery.