Pampling and Barranger Take Lead


Todd Barranger and Rod Pampling continued their great play Friday at the Buy.Com Dayton Open in Centerville, Oh.
They posted respective rounds of 66 and 64 to reach the 36-hole score of 14-under 130 at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, and lead by one shot over Tommy Biershank, who lit the course up with a fine 63, which matched the low-score for the year on the tour.
Ive been struggling the last five to six weeks with my swing, said Biershank following his round. I was doing a lot on my own. A lot of trial-and-error. I spent about three hours on the range Thursday and another two or so before we teed off today. It was a difficult adjustment for me, but I really hit the ball a lot better and a lot straighter.
Barranger has likewise been struggling as of late. Yet, he too has put in a little more time on the range and it seems to have paid off.
Im in a little bit of a groove now, claimed Barranger. I played so poorly for five weeks. Ive worked on some swing changes as well. Im hitting the ball about 15 to 20 yards further.
According to Pampling, a 31-year-old from Australia, thats the recipe for success at Yankee Trace ' long hitting and close iron shots.
There is no taking the foot off the gas pedal here, he said. Its a pretty solid golf course, but the rains have made the greens even softer and you can fire at the pins. Its a recipe for shooting low numbers.
Of course, youd better sink the putts once finding the dance floor. No problem for Pampling ' he used a new putter which required just 23 strokes Friday.
Sometimes you get putts and you can just see the line perfectly, he said. Youre so confident, you just get it on line and it goes in.
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Dayton Open