Date: July 21, 2008

Flanagan shares the lead

Australian Nick Flanagan carded a seven-under-par 63 in the second round of the US Bank Championship and now shares top spot with Richard Johnson. Flanagan began the day on the back nine and enjoyed a bogey-free round to claim a share of the lead. The Aussie sank the first of his seven birdies at No.15, then added three straight beginning at the 17th hole. He concluded his round with a birdie at No.9, putting him at 10-under 130 through 36 holes. First-round leader Johnson, a native of Sweden who signed for a 63 on day one, also started on the back nine and collected four birdies against one bogey en route to a three-under 67 at Brown Deer Park Gold Course. One stroke behind the leaders at 131 are Flanagan&aposs countryman Gavin Coles and Kent Jones. Coles enjoyed a career-best effort, carding a bogey-free eight-under 62. The 39-year-old Australian, who began play at No.10, opened the day with a birdie and recorded three more from No.13 to 15 before entering the turn with another at the 18th. Within reach of his previous best round of 64, which he most recently recorded at the Stanford St Jude Championship in June, Coles capped the day with his the last of his three birdies on his back nine. Jones signed for a five-under 65, sinking six birdies while bogeying the par-three 5th hole. The American played his best golf after the turn, birdying No.10 and 13 before ending the round with two straight. Troy Matteson (65) and Ken Duke (65) are tied for fifth at eight-under 132. Meanwhile, Aussie David Lutterus is two shots further back in equal 14th position on six-under after replicating his first-round effort of 67 while Nathan Green and Brett Rumford are on four-under in a share of 35th spot. Kenny Perry, who has received harsh criticism for not participating in this week&aposs British Open, is even with seven others at 135, five shots off the pace. Having won each of his previous two starts and three of five, Perry chose not to make a run at his first career major title at Royal Birkdale, opting to honor his commitment to play here. On Friday, Perry sank three birdies with one bogey en route to a two-under 68. Second Round of The US Bank Championship (Par 70): -10: Richard Johnson 63 67, Nick Flanagan (Australia) 67 63 -9: Kent Jones 66 65, Gavin Coles (Australia) 69 62 -8: Troy Matteson 67 65, Ken Duke 67 65 -7: Brandt Jobe 68 65, Steve Flesch 66 67, Joe Ogilvie 66 67, Jason Dufner 70 63, Jason Gore 67 66, Patrick Sheehan 65 68, Ryan Armour 70 63 -6: Chris Riley 68 66, George McNeill 67 67, Jim McGovern 66 68, Frank Lickliter II 66 68, Jason Allred 70 64, James Driscoll 67 67, Kevin Streelman 66 68, Mathias Gronberg 67 67, Brenden Pappas 64 70, Chad Campbell 67 67, Bill Haas 67 67, John Huston 71 63, David Lutterus (Australia) 67 67 Also: -4: Nathan Green (Australia) 68 68, -7: Brett Rumford (Australia) 69 67 -1: Peter Lonard (Australia) 67 72 E: Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 70 70 +1: Steve Allan (Australia) 72 69, -6: Andrew Buckle (Australia) 73 68