Argentine Andres Romero fired a six-under 66 to take a wafer-thin one-point lead over American Gary Woodland after two rounds of the Reno-Tahoe Open on Friday, in the PGA Tour’s only event using the Stableford scoring system. Romero, without a PGA Tour win in five years, mixed nine birdies with a single bogey and a double-bogey on Reno’s Montreux Golf and Country Club layout for midway total of 22 points.
Under the modified Stableford scoring system, points are awarded on each hole for being under-par, with birdies earning a player two points and eagles five.
A bogey costs a player one point, double bogeys and worse three points. No points are won or lost with par.
Woodland began the day one point back of first-round leader Josh Teater and ended the day in the same position returning a two-under 70 good enough for seven points and a two-day total of 21.
Sitting three off the pace on 19 points are South Korea’s Charlie Wi, and Australians Stuart Appleby and Rod Pampling.
Wi returned a seven-under 65 that featured five birdies and an eagle at the par-five 13th.
Appleby signed off with a 67, while Pampling made the biggest move of the day with an eight-under 64 that included nine birdies and a single bogey and added up to a second-round score of 17.
American Shaun Micheel, who returns to Oak Hill Country Club next week where he picked up his one and only PGA Tour victory winning the 2003 PGA championship, will get a couple of extra days’ practice after missing the cut set a six points.
Micheel, who has played in just four PGA Tour events this year missing the cut in all four, had rounds of 73 and 72 and four points.