May 12, 2006

Scott in tie for Byron Nelson lead

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Australia's Adam Scott held on to a
share of the lead after a day of record scoring at the Byron
Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas on Friday.

In relatively calm conditions, the 25-year-old from
Adelaide fired a flawless five-under-par 65 at the Cottonwood
Valley Course, ending the second round at 10-under 130.

Level with Scott was American Brett Wetterich, who shot a
seven-birdie 64 on the TPC at Las Colinas, the other course
being used for the first two days. The TPC layout will host the
last two rounds.

Three strokes adrift in a tie for third was American Joe
Ogilvie, who charged into contention with a sparkling 62 at
Cottonwood Valley.

In red-hot form with his putter, Ogilvie covered the back
nine in a blistering seven-under 28 to finish level with
playing partner Omar Uresti, who returned a 66.

Ogilvie's impressive performance was upstaged later in the
day by compatriot Aaron Oberholser, who set a course record at
Cottonwood Valley with a blemish-free 60.

Winner of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February,
Oberholser rattled up 10 birdies on his way to a share of fifth
place at six under, alongside fellow American Steve Lowery (69)
and New Zealand's Phil Tataurangi (66).

Lowery, co-leader overnight with Scott after opening with a
65, recovered from three bogeys in the first six holes on the
TPC layout.

British Ryder Cup player Luke Donald carded a 66 at
Cottonwood Valley to sit joint eighth at five under, two ahead
of twice U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, whose 69 came on the
same course.


Ogilvie, yet to win on the PGA Tour since turning
professional in 1996, was delighted to rediscover his putting
touch after a season of building frustration.

"I haven't seen a lot of putts go in this year, and I've
always thought of myself as a good putter," the 32-year-old
told reporters after needing only 26 putts in his round.

"Omar said to me going down the sixth fairway: 'Let's make
a birdie here and kind of get it started.'

"I hit it in there (to) about four feet and made birdie.
Once the putts started to go in I thought: 'Okay, here we go'."

After mixing two birdies with a bogey to reach the turn in
one-under 34, Ogilvie scorched the back nine in seven under,
picking up shots at the last three holes.

"On 16, I had an eagle putt of about 12 feet that burned
the edge of the hole," he said. "Then I made it from 12 feet on
17 and from about 17 feet on 18. I just hit the ball really
well today."

Eighty players qualified for the weekend with the halfway
cut falling at one-over 141.

Among those missing out were Jim Furyk, who won the
Wachovia Championship on Sunday, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, South
Africa's Tim Clark, former world number one Nick Price and 2004
British Open winner Todd Hamilton.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles)