Date: December 01, 2006

Gow just off the pace

Sportal Australian Paul Gow is in second place, three shots back from American Rich Barcelo, after the second round of the US PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in La Quinta, California. Gow could have been even closer if not for a bogey at the 18th that saw him finish with a second-round 68 and at six-under. Otherwise it was a flawless day for Gow, beginning his charge up the leaderboard with consecutive birdies at the seventh and eighth, before gaining further shots at the 11th, 13th and 14th. Barcelo, meanwhile, shot an amazing 30 on the back nine to finish with a 64 and at nine-under for the tournament. After carding birdies at the fourth and seventh, Barcelo surged with three straight birdies from the 10th, before adding another three late in his round. Another Australian, Steven Bowditch, is in a tie for third after carding a second-round 68. Bowditch struggled for consistency throughout the second day, shooting an eagle at the fifth and seven birdies, but off-setting that with three bogeys and a double bogey at the ninth. Nevertheless he did enough to be at five-under and well inside the top 30 players in the tournament, who will gain cards for next year&aposs US PGA Tour. Steve Allan is the only other Australian currently in the top 30 after shooting a 71 to be one behind Bowditch. At one stage Allan was as low as six-under, but two late bogeys cost him a share of second place. Richard Swift kept his chances of qualifying alive despite his disastrous opening day 77, shooting a 70 to be in equal 71st at three over. Leading scores after the second round of the US PGA Tour Q-School, Final Stage (par 72) -9: Rich Barcelo 71 64 -6: Paul Gow (Australia) 70 68 -5: Steven Bowditch (Australia) 71 68, George McNeill 73 66, Cameron Beckman 75 64, Brian Bateman 74 65 -4: Steve Allan (Australia) 69 71, Bob May 75 65, John Mallinger 69 71, Bob Heintz 69 71, Tom Johnson 72 68 -3: Ryan Armour 74 67, Matt Hendrix 71 70, Garrett Willis 72 69 Also: +3: Richard Swift (Australia) 77 80 +5: Matthew Jones (Australia) 73 76 +8: Jason Day (Australia) 77 75 +10: Nick Flanagan (Australia) 81 73 +11: Bradley Hughes (Australia) 76 79