Date: October 13, 2007

Sleepy Willis shares the lead

American Garrett Willis produced a brilliant 10-under 62 to take a share of the lead at the Open in Las Vegas as Australian Gavin Coles moved to within four strokes of the lead, with the New Zealand pairing of Grant Waite and Phil Tataurangi slipping back in the field. Despite a late night at Sin City&aposs Palm Cove Casino and a subsequently short warm-up caused by sleeping in, Willis produced nine birdies and an eagle in his power-packed round, although a bogey on 11 prevented him from claiming the course record at the par-72 TPC Summerlins venue. However, it was enough to see him move into a threeway share of the lead at 13-under overall alongside D.J. Trahan and rookie George McNeill, who both scored seven-under 64s on day two at the par-71 TPC Canals course, which is also being used for this event, with players alternating between the different golf courses each day. The three leaders are one stroke ahead of the consistent Jason Gore (-4 68 Summerlins) and John Huston (-6 65 Canals) who are both at 12-under overall as six players reached the tournament&aposs half-way point at ten-under, two strokes off the pace. For the Australian contingent, Gavin Coles performed superbly on Friday, carding a six-under 65 at the Canals to be nine-under overall, four strokes adrift of the three leaders. Coles started superbly with three birdies and a bogey going out before returning to the club house having picked up a further four strokes on an even better back nine. Coles is now one-stroke ahead of compatriot Stephen Leaney, who posted a four-under 68 at Summerlins to be eight-overall alongside Matthew Goggin (-4 67 Canals) and New Zealander Waite. Waite had enjoyed a spectacular opening round, carding a six-under 66 at Summerlins to be in the tournament&aposs top 10. However, he found the Canals somewhat trickier and could only manage a two-under 69 to be eight-under overall and still in with a chance despite being five strokes behind the leaders. Australian Jarrod Lyle had also struggled at The Canals on day one, having carded a one-under score, but he found Summerlins more to his liking as he posted a six-under 66 on the par 72 course that included nine birdies and three bogey to take him into seven-under overall. He is one-stroke ahead of Kiwi Phil Tataurangi who also struggled at The Canals, posting a one-under 70 to go with his first round five-under. At six-under overall Tataurangi is one stroke ahead of Australian Richard Green who recovered from an even-par first round to pick up six strokes through a 66 score at Summerlins on Day two. As for the rest of the Australian contingent, Paul Gow, Mark Hensby, Nathan Green and Andrew Buckle did not make the cut after the opening two rounds.