Billy Ball at Bell Canadian


Billy Andrade fired a 5-under 67 Friday at Angus Glen Golf Club. It marked the second time in as many days he broke the sub-70 barrier. Nothing fancy for a professional golfer, but the only other time hes done that in the Bell Canadian Open he won the tournament.
Through two rounds in Markham, Ontario, Andrade is right where he wants to be ' at the top of the leaderboard. The 38-year-old Rhode Islander is tied with Neal Lancaster at 11-under-par 133.
Ian Leggatt and Grant Waite are one back at minus 10. Waite, who finished second to Tiger Woods in 2000 and was disqualified last year when he overslept and missed his first-round tee time, followed a Day-1 best 64 with a 70.
Leggatt, who won his first title this year in Tucson, lipped out a 12-foot eagle putt at the par-5 ninth ' his last hole of the day ' for a 7-under 65. The 36-year-old Ontario native is trying to become the first Canadian player to win his national championship since Pat Fletcher in 1954.
'For me to be able to do something special like that would be equal with winning a Masters or a U.S. Open,' Leggatt said.
Lancaster, meanwhile, is trying to follow in the footsteps of good friend Gene Sauers. Sauers snapped a 246-event winless streak by prevailing at last weeks Air Canada Championship. Its been 265 tour starts since Lancaster won his only title at the 1994 Byron Nelson Classic.
It inspires you to win, but I think you do your best when you go out and dont worry about anybody else like I did the first two days, Lancaster said.
I turn 40 next week, and I saw Gene just turned 40 and he won, so maybe it will be my lucky week.
Lancaster began the second round with a bogey at the first ' his only dropped shot of the tournament thus far ' but carded six birdies over his remaining 17 holes.
The self-taught Southerner has averaged 32 events played a year since 1996. This weeks stop is No. 27 in 2002, and once again he is teetering on the money line at 117th.
Id love to scale back and do some other things, but youve got to play as much as you can if you cant play good enough to keep your card ' Im there every year it seems like. But I come on this time of year, he said.
Andrade started the day two back, and birdied three of his first four holes. He moved into a share of the lead by two-putting for birdie at the par-5 16th. He remained there by saving par at the par-4 18th after hitting his drive into the left brush and pitching his second shot into the fairway.
'If it was the 72nd hole and I needed to make a birdie to win, I might have given it a shot,' he said. 'The rule of thumb is you can lose it, but you can't win it on Friday. If I didn't get it out, now I'm ruining everything I've accomplished for 35 holes.'
Andrade won this event in 1998, when he shot four rounds in the 60s. It was the only time in eight prior Open appearances that he recorded more than one sub-70 round ' until now.
Full-field scores from the Bell Canadian Open