Willis shoots a 62 to tie Trahan, McNeill for lead

From the Associated Press

Garrett Willis shot a 10-under-par 62 on the TPC Summerlin course for a share of the second-round lead in the Open on Friday at Las Vegas.

D.J. Trahan and rookie George McNeill matched Willis at 13-under 130. McNeill shot a seven-under 64 on the par-71 TPC Canyons course and Trahan had a 64 on the same course in an event missing all of the world’s top-20 players.

After playing the Canyons on Thursday, Willis was seven under on his back nine Friday to finish one stroke off the course record of 61 set by Davis Love III in 2001.

Jason Gore and John Huston were tied for fourth at 12 under.


Gore followed his 63 on the Canyons course Thursday with a four-under 68 on Summerlin on a hazy, mostly cloudy day in the desert for the early groups before a sunny and breezy afternoon.

Huston shot a six-under 65 at the Canyons.

John Daly bounced back from a first-round 74 with a nine-under 63 on Summerlin -- shooting an eight-under 28 on the back nine -- to put him at six under for the tournament.

“Nothing’s been going right in two years, and to do that, it’s just a great feeling to get a decent round in for a change,” Daly said. “It was a shock to me.”


Daly was four over for the tournament with 11 holes to play but birdied Nos. 7 and 9 to reach the turn at one-under 35.

He then birdied 10 and 11, eagled 13 and birdied Nos. 14-17.

U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera defeated defending champion Paul Casey, 4 and 3, in the second round of the World Match Play Championship at Virginia Water, England.

Six-time champion Ernie Els beat Andres Romero, 6 and 5, and Henrik Stenson and Hunter Mahan also advanced. Stenson, the Accenture Match Play Championship winner in February, beat Anders Hansen, 7 and 6, and Mahan topped Soren Hansen, 6 and 4.


In today’s semifinals, Cabrera will play Mahan, and Els will face Stenson.

Bernhard Langer shot a 10-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead after the first round of the Administaff Small Business Classic at Spring, Texas.

Langer, the German star playing his fourth Champions Tour event, needed only 24 putts to match the best round of the season on the tour. The two-time Masters champion broke the Augusta Pines record of 63 set by Jay Haas last year.

Texan Tom Kite, winless in his home state, was tied for second at 66 with Mark McNulty, Craig Stadler, Tom Jenkins, John Ross and Jeff Sluman.


Defending champion Haas, trying to regain the Charles Schwab points lead from Loren Roberts, shot a 69. John Cook also opened with a 69 in his tour debut.