Veazey and Painter take over lead in Knoxville Open's second round

Veazey and Painter take over lead in Knoxville Open's second round

June 4, 2004

FARRAGUT (WATE) -- Memphis native Vance Veazey and Australian Anthony Painter took over the lead of the Knoxville Open Friday, going ten-under-par for the tournament.

Another Australian, Paul Gow, took third place with a nine-under-par 135, and Kyle Thompson came in one stroke further behind at minus-eight.

Play was delayed about an hour and a half by early morning showers, but that didn't cool off Veazey or Painter in the second round at Fox Den Country Club.

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Painter started late in the day with some hot shooting, sinking seven birdies in his first ten holes. He came into the clubhouse nailing down a spot at the top with another birdie putt on the 18th.

Despite bogies on the second and fifteenth holes, Veazey dropped seven birdies and an eagle, including a 35-foot birdie putt on the sixth, to finish seven-under-par 65 for the day. He started the day in a 15-way tie for 12th.

"So far I ve been putting the ball in the fairway and that's what you need to do out here," Veazey said. "Today, the putter was there and I made some good putts. I putted the ball well today, so that's where I got the good round out of it."

Gow says he was pleased to remain just one stroke back for two days in a row. He believes he may be due for a win.

"I'm hitting the ball pretty well off the tee, you know, straight not long," he said. "But I'm hitting a lot of greens so that always helps. It gets frustrating when you don't hole putts. I holed a lot of putts last week so it might be my turn Sunday afternoon."

Meanwhile, Guy Boros and Dan Olsen struggled after sharing the lead at six-under-par 66 in the opening round Thursday. Boros finished the day one-over-par thanks to three bogies. Olsen double-bogied the eighth hole and finished one-under-par 71. [ Boros and Olsen share first round lead ]

All told, 62 players stayed above the cut line fell at two-under-par 142 to advance to the final two rounds.

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