Dean Wilson shot an 8-under 62 to take the lead at the Texas Open on Friday and David Duval made his first 36-hole cut this year.
Wilson, best known for playing with Annika Sorenstam at the 2003 Colonial, had a 12-under 128 total after two rounds at the LaCantera Golf Club, one stroke in front of Jeff Maggert and John Senden and nine in front of Duval, the world's former No. 1 player who had missed 18 straight cuts and broken par just once this year before shooting a 1-under 69 on Thursday.
Wilson, who had Friday's lowest round, finished third in this tournament last year. Wilson had eight birdies, closing with ones on his last three holes. Maggert, a Houston-area resident, was exhausted at having his infant twins, young son and wife in one hotel room after fleeing Hurricane Rita. He was content with the second-round 66 that kept him in the hunt for his first U.S. PGA Tour title in six years.
Maggert got off to a fast start with birdies on three of the first seven holes. Senden had a 66 on Friday. First-round leader Robert Gamez had a second-round 68 and was tied for fourth with Olin Browne (65), Woody Austin (67) and Bob Heintz (65) at 130. With Hurricane Rita shifting further east, no rain is expected in San Antonio over the weekend, but winds could still peak upward of 35 mph (56 kph) on Saturday, AP reports.
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