Taylor Retains Lead Glasson Fires 62

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PGA Tour (75x100)RENO, Nev. -- Defending champion Vaughn Taylor fended off a low-scoring field and a course record Friday to remain in the lead after two rounds at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
 
Taylor fired a 5-under 67 in his second round to reach 13-under-par 131 for the tournament, one stroke better than Todd Fischer, who also shot a 67 Friday to reach minus-12.
 
Bill Glasson
Bill Glasson fired a course-record 10-under 62 in Friday's second round in Reno.
Bill Glasson is alone in third place after setting a new course record at Montreux Golf and Country Club with a 10-under-par 62. Glasson, who was even-par in his first round, bested the previous course record of 63 established by Notah Begay III in 1999 and matched by Brian Henninger in 2000 and Kirk Triplett in 2003.

'What a difference 12 hours makes,' said Glasson, who collected six birdies and a pair of eagles in his bogey-free round. 'Yesterday afternoon it was a real struggle...and I couldn't get a ball to stop by the hole.

'It's been so long since I've played a good round. I hope it's the beginning of more good rounds.'
 
Trailing Glasson by one stroke are Jesper Parnevik (68), Jonathan Kaye (66) and Fredrik Jacobson (70), who stand at 9-under-par 135. Craig Barlow is alone in seventh place one stroke further back after shooting a 68 in his second round.

Taylor followed up his 8 under first round with six birdies and one eagle on Friday. He began his round on the back-nine and opened with a birdie at No. 10, where he drained a 15-foot putt to get to 9 under.
 
The 29-year-old strung together six straight pars after that until a birdie at
the par-5 17th moved him to minus-10 around the turn.
 
Taylor went on to collect four more birdies on the front-nine to get to 14
under, including one at the par-3 seventh, where he sank a 17-foot putt.
But a bogey at his last hole -- the 616-yard, par-5 ninth --- dropped the
defending champion to 13 under.
 
'I hit the ball really well. I only missed a couple of shots all day,' said
Taylor, who collected his maiden PGA Tour victory here last year when he
birdied the first playoff hole to edge out Scott McCarron, Hunter Mahan and
Steve Allan.
 
'I left a few out there, especially on the last hole, but you're going to make
a few mistakes here and there. You learn from it.'

If Glasson made any mistakes in his round, it wasn't obvious.
 
The 45-year-old veteran -- a seven-time winner on tour, but not since the 1997
Las Vegas Invitational -- opened his round with three straight pars before
chipping in for eagle at the par-5 fourth to reach minus-2.

Glasson birdied two more holes to get to 4 under around the turn, and then
he really turned it on by playing the first five holes of the back-nine at
6-under-par.
 
At the par-4 10th, he holed out from 152 yards with a 9-iron for his
second eagle of the day. That same 9-iron set up the last of his birdies at
No. 14, where he landed within 2 feet to get to 10 under.
 
'I've been changing my swing all year, and I just haven't really been able to
take it to the golf course,' said Glasson. 'Hopefully today may be that
breakthrough round I need.'

J.P. Hayes shot a 6-under 66 and leads a group of five players knotted for
eighth place at 7-under-par 137. The others are Duffy Waldorf (70), Steve
Allan (67), J.J. Henry (67) and Aaron Baddeley (70).

Among those not making the even-par cut line was Begay, the 1999 champion, who ended at 3-over-par 147 after shooting a 74 Friday. David Duval had the
highest score in the field with a 15-over-par 159 after two rounds.
 
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