England’s Greg Owen shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take the second-round lead at the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, N.C., the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.
The 41-year-old Owen, the winner of the European Tour’s 2003 British Masters, had an eagle, seven birdies and three bogeys at River Run. He had an 8-under 136 total.
“It’s not easy out there,” Owen said. “The greens are quick and the wind was blowing around, but I got away with a few loose shots.”
The bulk of the field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the Web.com money list are assured PGA Tour cards, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the four-event series.
Colombia’s Camilo Benedetti was a stroke back along with Kris Blanks, Andrew Svoboda and Will MacKenzie. Benedetti and Blanks shot 67, Svoboda had a 65, and MacKenzie a 68.
Michael Putnam of University Place, the Tour’s money champion, shot a 74 and is now seven strokes off the lead. Olympia’s Andres Gonzales shot a 70 and is six strokes back.
Dick Mast took the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec, shooting a 3-under 69 in windy conditions.
The 62-year-old Mast, winless on the 50-and-over tour, had five birdies and two bogeys. He birdied the first three holes before the wind picked up.
“That’s always a good start,” Mast said. “… I got a chance to play four or five holes without a real heavy wind and that’s already an advantage.”
Kenny Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, trails by one stroke after opening with a 70.
Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the lead with Thomas Bjorn after the second round of the European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland.
Bjorn, the 2011 champion from Denmark, shot his second straight 66 to match Gallacher at 10-under 132.