Rocha the halfway leader
Brazilian shoots seven birdies in second round
Last Updated: August 4, 2012 10:28am
Alexandre Rocha: Made seven birdies in second round
Alexandre Rocha produced a birdie-laden second round to storm to the top of the leaderboard at the midway point of the Reno-Tahoe Open.
The Brazilian recorded seven birdies to go with an eagle and three bogeys in an eventful round that leaves him on 24 points under the modified Stableford scoring system.
That gives the 34-year-old a two-point advantage at the top of the standings over American duo John Mallinger and JJ Henry.
Mallinger picked up six birdies and dropped only one shot as he matched his 11-point return from the first round, while Henry scored 12 points in a round featuring five birdies and an eagle but also three dropped shots.
In fourth place on 21 points was first-day leader Andres Romero of Argentina and India's Arjun Atwal.
Romero totalled 14 points on day one but could only tally seven on Thursday after a mixed round that included six birdies but also five bogeys.
Atwal, in contrast, scored double his seven-point haul from the first round with nine birdies as well as a bogey and double-bogey.
(US unless stated)
24 A Rocha (Bra)
22 J Mallinger
22 JJ Henry
21 A Romero (Arg)
21 A Atwal (Ind)
American JB Holmes, having only had a one-point first round, was a big mover with 17 points in an impressive round that included nine birdies and just one bogey, lifting him up to joint eighth place on 18 points.
Ireland's three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was in joint 23rd position, 10 points behind Rocha, after scoring seven for the second successive day.
Gary Christian, the only Englishman in the field, scored 11 points to move onto 16 while Scotland's Russell Knox added three points to his five from the first day.