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Andrade, Stenson share lead at Medinah

August 18, 2006

By Larry Fine

MEDINAH, Illinois (Reuters) – American Billy Andrade and
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson shared the lead in the second round of
the PGA Championship while U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy was
mounting a charge on Friday.

Andrade, a late alternate who arrived at the course the day
before the tournament, was three-under for the day through 13
holes as he joined Stenson (68) at eight-under overall.

Ogilvy, playing in the same group as British Open champion
Tiger Woods and Masters winner Phil Mickelson, surged up the
leaderboard after four birdies in a row from the fourth took
him to seven-under.

The Australian was tied with Briton Luke Donald (12 holes)
and 1997 winner Davis Love III, who was in the clubhouse on 137
after a three-under 69.

Overnight co-leader Chris Riley (72) was six-under along
with fellow American Tim Herron (eight holes).

World number one Woods had two birdies on the front nine to
go to five-under while Mickelson was four-under.

FIVE BIRDIES

Stenson, who began the round two shots behind the leaders,
raced four strokes clear early on with five birdies in the
first 13 holes. But a bogey at the last meant he had to settle
for an aggregate of 136.

“Overall I’m very happy,” said the 30-year-old, a triple
winner on the European Tour including this year’s Qatar
Masters. “I’m in an awfully good position.”

Stenson is bidding to become the first Swedish male to win
a major and the first European to land the PGA title since
Briton Tommy Armour triumphed in 1930.

“Jesper (Parnevik) has been close a couple of times at the
British Open and Sweden has never won a major so of course that
would be huge,” he said.

Love, who had a triple-bogey six at the 17th on Thursday,
rebounded nicely.

“I’m in a good position at seven-under and I’m excited
going into the weekend,” he said.

Overnight co-leader Lucas Glover was four-under overall
through 11 holes.

Another Swede made a charge up the leaderboard when Daniel
Chopra fired a 67 for a five-under total of 139.

American Olin Browne, who had a hole-in-one at the
par-three 17th on Thursday, posted a six-under 66 for 141.


Source: reuters



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