Justin Leonard has been in this position at a lot of golf tournaments this year.
Get at or near the top of the leaderboard ready to challenge for another win on the PGA Tour.
Only this year, Leonard hasn’t been a finisher. He’s played terrific golf, but the veteran is still looking for his first victory this season. After two rounds at the Frys.com Open Leonard is again in contention just one stroke off the lead at 10-under-par. He followed up Thursday’s round of 66 with a 64 on Friday.
“Some of those weeks I was playing really well, but never really got myself in the mix to try and win the tournament,” Leonard said. “So working on that this week.”
Leonard has played in 24 tournaments this year and won over $1.7 million. Yet he has only five top 10 finishes and no victories. He needs a victory to get into the season opening Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii come January. He’s love to start the year in the islands.
A victory would also earn him $900,000 and vault him into the top 30 on the money list giving him exemptions into virtually every tournament in 2010.
THE NO-NAME BRAND
In the golfing world, Ryan Moore is a man without a face. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the game.
Still without any sponsors, by his choice, Moore has no logos on his bag, on his hat or on his shirt. Yes it does make him look different than the rest of the players on the PGA Tour.
His game, though, is as good as most. Back to-back rounds of 66 and 65 have the valley resident at 9-under-par through 36 holes, just two shots out of the lead.
“This is a home game for me this week so staying in my own bed and hanging out around the house relaxing is pretty nice. I only get to do it twice a year,” Moore said.
In the field this week at the Frys.com Open were at least 24 players who call the Valley of the Sun home. With a 132-player field that means over 25 percent of the players at this week’s event are playing a home game. The only player in the top five that resides in Scottsdale is Ryan Moore.
EVERYTHING BUT A 'W'
The resume of Tim Clark is getting better and better each year, but the South African is missing just one thing. A victory on the PGA Tour.
Clark has won on the Nationwide Tour, won three times on the European Tour and has earned over $2 million this year on the PGA Tour.
The latest addition to his portfolio is his performance for captain Greg Norman at this year’s President’s Cup. Clark has been called the best player that week for the International team that lost to the United States.
Clark has finished second seven times on tour. Improve that one spot and he will have a complete resume. He’s close this week just three shots back after two rounds.
“I’m in a great position,” Clark said. “There are some low scores on this golf course.”
CADDIE FOR HIRE
Fred Couples left his regular caddie home this week. In is place is former NHL goalkeeper Damian Rhodes. Rhodes spent 10 years in the NHL the last of which came as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2002.
Couples has no complaints about his new hire.
“It’s been kind of comical the last two days,” Couples said.
The duo was good enough to keep Couples around for the weekend. He is at 4-under-par heading into the weekend.
The 36-hole cut came at 1-under-par 139. Among those who will not be around for the weekend are: Michael Allen, 2008 champion Cameron Beckman, Aaron Baddeley, David Duval and Bubba Watson.