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'Beef' takes lead in Boise

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BOISE, Idaho - Andrew ''Beef'' Johnston shot an 8-under 63 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Albertsons Boise Open, putting the bearded Englishman in position to wrap up a PGA Tour card.

Eighth in the British Open in July, Johnston birdied the first four holes in the round that started on No. 10.

''I hadn't even woken up. I was still half asleep,'' Johnston said.

He finished with 10 birdies and two bogeys to reach 13-under 129 at Hillcrest in the second of four Tour Finals events.

Three-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings and Argentina's Miguel Angel Carballo were tied for second. Stallings had a 65, and Carballo shot 64.

The series features the top 75 players from the Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings - Stallings was 128th, and Carballo 187th - and some non-members such as Johnston with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible.

''You always want to come over and play because there are so many good events,'' Johnston said about the PGA Tour. ''It's where you want to play.''

The top 25 players on the Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.

Johnston had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on his second nine and made a bogey on No. 8. He hit six of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation.

''I just seemed to hit a lot of good wedge shots today and hit a lot of good putts,'' said Johnston, coming off a 28th-place tie last week in Ohio in the DAP Championship.

Sam Ryder and Keith Mitchell, tied for the first-round lead with Adam Schenk at 64, each shot 68 to drop into a tie for third at 10 under with Canada's Hughes Mackenzie (64).

Schenk was another stroke back after a 69.

DAP Championship winner Bryson DeChambeau missed the cut with rounds of 69 and 71. He wrapped up a PGA Tour card with his playoff victory in Ohio.

Defending champion Martin Piller also dropped out, shooting 75-67.