August 26, 2005

Curtis remains in front at Buick Championship

TORONTO (Reuters) - Former British Open winner Ben Curtis
continued to set the pace midway through the second round of
the Buick Championship after firing a two-under-par 68 in
Cromwell, Connecticut on Friday.

Without a trophy since his shock win at Royal St George's
two years ago, Curtis mixed three birdies with his first bogey
of the tournament to finish with an eight-under aggregate of

Curtis started the day in a tie for the lead with JL Lewis,
who slumped to a four-over 74.

Dean Wilson (66) and Chris Smith (67) were in the clubhouse
on 133.

Britain's Justin Rose was also seven-under with 16 holes
remaining after carding back-to-back birdies on his first two
holes at the TPC at River Highlands.

JJ Henry led a group of three players on six-under after
signing for a 67. Kevin Sutherland and Australia's Robert
Allenby were on the same mark out on the course.