Date: October 19, 2007

Home sweet home for Allan

Michael Allan gave his hometown support plenty to cheer about as he posted a seven-under 63 to lead the Frys Electronics Open, four strokes clear of Australia&aposs Andrew Buckle. Having secured his berth in the PGA Tour for next year, Allan has produced some fearless golf over the last few months of tournaments, capping it off with a superb display on Thursday (US time) at the Grayhawk Course in Scottsdale, Arizona, in front of a large contingent of friends and families. Starting off on the tenth, Allan produced three birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the back nine before picking up another two strokes on the front on his way back to the clubhouse. Within that scoreline, Allan blasted in his eagle from the bunker on the 15th while a delicate 30 foot chip for birdie on 16 helped set up his impressive round. Going into the second day, Allan is two strokes ahead of a trio of players on five-under, Nick Watney, Rich Been and Frank Licklitter. Watney, though, produced one of the most bizarre up and down rounds seen in recent times on the Tour during his five-under 65. Heading out, Watney posted six birdies, a bogey and a quadruple bogey on his front nine to have picked up just one stroke heading out. However, having hit his quadruple bogey on the eighth hole, Watney had recovered well to post birdie on the par-three nine, before picking up another four strokes on the back nine to have posted 11 birdies overall on a remarkable day. The ninth hole also proved particularly fruitful for Andrew Buckle as well, with the Australian claiming a hole in one for eagle on the par-three hole. In an up and down front nine for the Australian, Buckle started poorly with a bogey before posting three bogeys overall on his front nine. However his hole in one and a further three birdies/one bogey helped him to an overall score of three-under 67 on Thursday. Buckle is currently two strokes ahead of compatriots Aaron Baddeley and Jarrod Lyle, who both carded one-under 69s as Robert Allenby and Paul Gow posted even-par 70s. Mark Hensby is a further stroke back on one-over after a late collapse prevented him from being alongside Buckle, while Stephen Leaney and Michael Sim also scored 71s on Thursday. For Gavin Coles (73), Matthew Goggin (73) and Nick Flanagan (74) it was a disappointing start, continuing Coles&aposs horror week which saw him throw away a good chance of being in the top 10 at the Open last weekend through a disastrous final round.