Tiziani Grabs Lead in Bay Mills Open


Canadian Tour-LargeBRIMELY, Mich. -- Mario Tiziani of Chanhassen, Minn., holds onto a slim lead heading into weekend after Fridays second round of the Canadian Tours Bay Mills Open.
Despite gusting winds swirling throughout the 7056-yard, par-72 Wild Bluff Golf Club, the 31-year-old carded a 1-under 71 for a 36-hole total of 7-under 137 and a one-stroke cushion on Roger Harrison and Conrad Ray. Tiziani and Ray, who were still on the course when opening round play was suspended due to darkness Thursday night, each put the finishing touches on a 6-under 66 Friday morning before turning around and teeing it up in the second round.
Rob Johnson is at 5-under 139, while Kent Fukushima and Rich Massey are three shots back of the leader.
Tiziani, the brother-in-law of two-time Canadian Tour winner and current PGA Tour star Steve Stricker, admittedly struggled in the wind Friday, but did enough to stay one step in front of Harrison and Ray.
It was smoke and mirrors out there, I didnt hit the ball that great but I made some putts, conceded Tiziani. The wind was tough today, and I was tired. I just tried to keep the ball in front of me and minimize my mistakes. The key in the wind is to hit it solid, and I didnt do that as well as I would have liked.
This season is showing signs of being the most productive of Tizianis four years on the Canadian Tour. Aside from four top-15 results, he also won his first pro title in January at the Panasonic Panama Open, an unofficial Tour event.
To be honest, I thought the scores would be a lot lower, but this course held its own today. I won early this year, and have been able to play well most of the way. Ill go out this weekend and see if I can get an official win here.
Former NHL star goaltender Grant Fuhr, who received an exemption into the Bay Mills Open, missed the cut with a two-day total of 8-over 152. Fuhr shot a 5-over 77 Friday.
Full-field scores from the Bay Mills Open