Pointed in the Right Direction


PGA Tour (75x100)LAS VEGAS - D.A. Points fired an 8-under 64 on Friday at the TPC at Summerlin Course to cruise into the lead during the second round of the Frys.com Open. He stands at 14-under-par 129 and is two ahead of the field.
The second round was suspended due to darkness after a rain delay during the round knocked the schedule back. The players will return at 10:16 a.m. ET Saturday to complete the second round with the third round scheduled to begin 90 minutes later.
D.A. Points
D.A. Points is seeking his first PGA TOUR win.
The par-72 Summerlin Course and the par-71 TPC at Canyons were used for the first two rounds before the TPC at Summerlin takes over on the weekend.
Todd Fischer and Tom Pernice, Jr. both shot 65s at Summerlin on Friday and are tied for second place with Aaron Baddeley. The young Australian, who earned his first PGA TOUR victory earlier this year at The Heritage, was tied for the lead with Points until a disastrous double-bogey at 18. He carded a 6-under 65 at The Canyons and joined Fischer and Pernice at minus-12.
Points flew out of the gate with a 26-foot birdie putt at the second and an 8-foot eagle putt at No. 3. He hit his approach stiff at the seventh and tapped in the short birdie putt.
At the par-5 ninth, Points rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt to make the turn at 4-under-par 31.
He continued his strong play on the second nine as he parred his first three holes on the back side. At the par-5 13th, Points tapped in a short birdie putt, then sank a 6-footer at the 14th to reach 13 under par for the championship.
Points' first and only mistake of the round came at the par-5 16th. He hammered a drive down the fairway, but was between clubs and hit a poor second that nearly fell into the water. Points was close enough to the pond he took off his shoes and socks, but did not hit his chip hard enough. Points chipped again, nearly holed it out, but missed a 4-footer for par.
Points overcame the miscue at 16 with 6-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th and a 2-footer for birdie at the last to grab first place.
'My iron game has been pretty solid,' said Points, who is a three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour. 'These courses set up well for me, they're really appealing to my eye and there are a lot of opportunities if you can hit a good shot.'
Points is in serious jeopardy of losing his PGA TOUR card unless he turns it on down the stretch. He stands 164th on the tour's money list and needs a push to crack the top-125.
'If I was 124th on the money list, I'd be feeling pretty pressured to keep my card,' admitted Points. 'I have a long way to go before I have it. It's much more important for me to look at it as I'm having fun.'
What has been fun for Points is his play of late. He started the season making only five cuts in 21 starts with a tie for 10th at The Honda Classic. In his last five tournaments, Points has made the cut in all five and tied for 15th at the Texas Open.
'I've been playing well for the last two-and-a-half months,' said Points. 'When I look at where I was six weeks ago and where I am today, I've got to be proud of myself from going through one of the worst slumps I've had as a professional, to having the potential of having a great couple of months.'
Troy Matteson (65), Brent Geiberger (64), Charley Hoffman (66) and Shigeki Maruyama (64) are tied for fifth place at 11-under-par 132.
Bo Van Pelt (64), Bill Haas (65), Bubba Watson (66), first-round co-leader Bob Tway (70), Duffy Waldorf (68) and defending champion Wes Short, Jr. (65) share ninth at minus-10.
Steve Flesch, who shared the lead with Tway after Thursday's first round, struggled to a 3-over 74 at the TPC at Canyons and fell into a tie for 70th at minus-5.
Jim Furyk, a three-time winner and the second-ranked player in the world, shot a 4-under 68 and is tied for 36th place at 7-under-par 136.
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