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Brigman Seizes Lead at Knoxville Open

Nationwide TourKNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- D.J. Brigman fired an 8-under 64 Friday to jump into the lead after two rounds of the Knoxville Open.
Brigman, whose only Nationwide Tour win came at the 2003 Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic, completed 36 holes at 13-under-par 131.
Jarrod Lyle, one of three first-round leaders, carded a 5-under 67. He is in second at minus-11. Chris Smith posted his second straight 67 and is alone in third at 10-under-par 134.
Brigman poured in eight birdies over an 11-hole stretch to fly into the lead.
He began his run at the par-4 fourth with his first birdie. He made it two in a row with a birdie on the fifth at Fox Den Country Club .
Brigman made par at the par-3 sixth, before he ran off three straight birdies from the seventh. At the 10th, he birdied the par-5 to get to 11- under.
After a pair of pars, Brigman converted a birdie effort on the par-three 13th. He came right back with a birdie on the 14th before parring the final four holes.
'That was a huge up-and-down for me on fifteen,' said Brigman of his up-and- down par on 15. 'The key has been momentum this week. A couple of times I got up-and-down yesterday for par and kept my momentum going. Today, I made the putts to keep it going.'
Lyle was hot early with three birdies in his first four holes from the 10th, his first. He moved to 10-under with a birdie at the 17th.
Around the turn, Lyle got to minus-11 with a birdie on the par-5 first. The Australian dropped a shot on the par-3 sixth, but recovered that lost stroke with a birdie at the eighth.
'Two shot's back is a good place to be,' Lyle admitted. 'I'm going to be the one chasing and that's where I like to be. I don't want to count my chickens too early, but I'm in a good position.'
Matt Weibring and Wade Ormsby both carded 5-under 67s Friday to move into a share of fourth at 9-under-par 135.
Chris Kirk and Arjun Atwal shared the first-round lead with Lyle. Both posted 2-under 70s in the second round. They were joined in a share of sixth place at minus-8 by Greg Chalmers, Doug Barron, Brad Fritsch, Spencer Levin, Reid Edstrom and John Kimbell.
The cut line fell at 3-under-par 141 with 65 players moving on to the weekend.
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