England’s Greg Owen shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Chiquita Classic, the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.
Owen, 41, the winner of the European Tour’s 2003 British Masters, had an eagle, seven birdies and three bogeys at River Run. He had an 8-under 136 total.
The bulk of the field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the Web.com money list are assured PGA Tour cards, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards.
Owen was 134th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Colombia’s Camilo Bene-detti was a stroke back along with Kris Blanks, Andrew Svoboda and Will MacKenzie.
CHAMPIONS: Dick Mast took the first-round lead in the Montreal Championship, shooting a 3-under 69 in windy conditions on La Vallee du Richelieu’s difficult Rouville Course.
Mast, 62, winless on the 50-and-over tour, had five birdies and two bogeys.
Kenny Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, opened with a 70. Bernhard Langer was another stroke back along with Mark Brooks, Mike Reid, Tom Pernice Jr. and David Frost.
PGA EUROPEAN: Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher shot a 6-under 65 or a share of the lead with Thomas Bjorn after the second round of the European Masters.
Bjorn, the 2011 champion from Denmark, shot his second straight 66 to match Gallacher at 10-under 132. Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiminez shot a 68 to join Englishmen Danny Willet, Tommy Fleetwood and Richard Finch and France’s Victor Dubuisson at 9 under.
Thirteen-year-old Chinese amateur Ye Wo-cheng missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 76.