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Daly, Allen Take Halftime Lead at Bass Pro Shops Legends

John Daly and Michael Allen teamed for a bogey-free 8-under 64 to take the lead into the weekend at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Despite temperatures unseasonably cold at Big Cedar Lodge, the twosome of Daly and Allen were pretty hot on Friday, teaming up for eight birdies at the Top of the Rock course, highlighted by four gains in a six-hole stretch (Nos. 8-13).

Credit: Getty Images/Michael Cohen

Afterwards, Daly credited the camaraderie he enjoys with teammate Allen.

“I mean, Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80’s and playing that Tour, and we’ve been buddies since. He’s just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good,” said Daly, a two-time major winner.

“And if he’s not comfortable guinea pigging on one hole, I’ll go first, like we did on that side.

“We’re a good team, and he’s putting really, really well. So our alternate shots today, he putted was really big for us and he played brilliant on the back nine.”

Englishman Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett carded a 48 at Top of the Rock to reach 12-under par and sit T2, alongside defending champions Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh, who posted a 7-under 37 at the new 13-hole, Gary Player-designed Mountain Top course.

Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer, winners of this event in 2009, also shot a 48 at Top of the Rock to join the groups at T2.

Credit: Getty Images/Michael Cohen

“We hit it fairly close, and Tom made some really good putts. That was really it. If you got it within six or 10 feet, you had a much better chance than having 20-, 30-footer,” said Langer.

The teams of David Toms and Steve Flesch (34, MT), Brandt Jobe and Scott McCarron (47, TR), and Miguel Angel Jiménez and José María Olazábal (48, TR) are tied for fifth at 11-under par.

Opening-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik posted two early bogeys (Nos. 3 and 4) en route to a 2-under 52 at the Top of Rock to fall to T8 at 10-under par, alongside Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly (32, MT) and Roger Chapman and David Frost (47, TR).


TOP 10 LEADERS

1 Daly / Allen -13
2 Broadhurst / Triplett -12
2 Franco / Singh -12
2 Lehman / Langer -12
5 Toms / Flesch -11
5 Jobe / McCarron -11
5 Jiménez / Olazábal -11
8 Maggert / Parnevik -10
8 Stricker / Kelly -10
8 Chapman / Frost -10


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


QUOTABLE

“Everything, besides putting, but when you got him [teammate Michael Allen] I didn’t have to putt much, which helps.So he’s making my stat look good on the Tour today.”
John Daly, on what was working today


REMAINING SCHEDULE

SATURDAY ROUND 3

  • Course: Top of the Rock
  • Field: 18 teams (those that played Mountain Top on Friday)
  • Start Time: 12:00 pm
  • Format: 18 holes, Alternate shot (front nine); Best ball (back nine)
  • Course: Mountain Top
  • Field: 18 teams (those that played Top of the Rock on Friday)
  • Start Time: 12:00 pm
  • Format: 13 holes, Best ball

SUNDAY FINALE

  • Course: Top of the Rock
  • Field: 36 teams
  • Start Time: 8:15 am
  • Format: 18 holes, Alternate shot (front nine); Best ball (back nine)
  • Course: Top of the Rock
  • Celebrity Skins Shootout: Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Larry Nelson, and David Graham will be joined by actor Mark Wahlberg, Kid Rock (defending champ!), Larry the Cable Guy, and Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson
  • Start Time: 9:30 am

Credit: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images (Top: John Daly; Bottom: Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer)


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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