McCarthy Maintains Slim Lead

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Nationwide TourKNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Overnight leader Kyle McCarthy shot a 2-under 70 Friday to maintain a slim lead after two rounds of the Knoxville Open.
 
McCarthy, a 24-year-old rookie, was at 10-under 134 for a one-shot lead over Nationwide Tour veteran Deane Pappas.
 
He made his first cut in three events this season after his course record- tying 64 on Thursday marked the first time he had broken 70.
 
'To know that I've cashed a check, no matter what happens on the weekend, is huge,' McCarthy said. 'This will help me have a much better chance of playing as the year goes on.'
 
He had problems on the front nine Friday, making two bogeys in a three-hole stretch from the third and eventually making the turn in 38. But he shot a 32 on the back nine to hang onto his lead.
 
'I just didn't hit it as straight as I did yesterday, so that was a problem,' McCarthy said. 'I just stayed within myself and played solid through the day.'
 
Pappas had a 4-under 68 in the second round and was alone in second place at 9-under 135. He hasn't been in this position in two years.
 
'My plan at the start of the week was the shoot 20-under par. So I'm close to half way there,' said Pappas. 'I'm just trying to hit my spots.'
 
Brad Fritsch fired a seven-under 65 and was alone in third place at 8-under 136. Roland Thatcher (66), Brad Quiri (70) and Jon Mills (69) were another stroke further back at 138.
 
The cut line fell at 1-under 143 with 67 players moving on to the weekend.
 
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