Date: September 28, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Hadley leads as Hall slides in Florida

Ashley Hall has self-destructed in the second round of the Tour Championship, effectively throwing away his chance at a PGA Tour card. The 30-year-old Australian led the final tournament of the United States&apos second-tier golf tour after the opening round at Dye&aposs Valley Course in Florida but produced six bogeys and a double bogey on Friday to plummet 34 positions down the leaderboard, eight strokes off the lead. Hall is tied for 35th at one under overall, while American leader Chesson Hadley is at nine under. The USA&aposs Joe Durant (three-under 67) is second at seven under, while Australia&aposs Aron Price is third, a shot further back after a second round of 65. Hall had entered the Tour Championship knowing he would most likely need to win the event to break into the top 25 of the Finals Money List and claim a PGA Tour card for 2014 but started terribly on Friday. The Victorian started on the back nine and bogeyed his first two holes of the day before a birdie looked to have steadied him. But bogeys followed on the 16th and 18th holes to take Hall to three over for the day. Although Hall birdied the first hole, he dropped shots on the fourth, sixth and double-bogeyed the eighth to finish with a six-over 76. Hadley also began his second round on the 10th hole and started brilliantly with four birdies on the opening seven holes. Although the 26-year-old American failed to improve on his score of four under on the run home, Hadley&aposs round of 66 was enough to take him to nine under overall, two shots ahead of compatriot Durant. Price stormed up to third thanks to two birdies in his final two holes at Ponte Vedra Beach. The 31-year-old Australian, who sits 70th on the Finals Money List, was three under at the halfway point of his second round but birdies on the 16th and 18th holes took him into serious contention for the title at Dye&aposs Valley Course. Price is tied for third at six under with the USA&aposs Andrew Svoboda, while another Australian, Scott Gardiner, is a stroke further back tied for fifth with Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, as well as American pair Andrew D Putnam and Mark Anderson. Of the other Australians, Adam Crawford and Rod Pampling are both tied at four under overall, while Nick Flanagan (three under) and Nick O&aposHern (two under) have a lot of work to do to be assured of a PGA Tour card.