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Gay up by two strokes at stormy Memphis

AMERICAN Brian Gay shot a four-under-par 66 in the second round to lead by two shots on 10-under overall at the St Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday.

Stormy weather ended play early at TPC Southwind and over half the field needs to complete the round.

Gay, the overnight leader after an opening six-under 64, continued his impressive showing with a string of five birdies in the first eight holes.

Although he finished with bogeys on the par-four 17th and 18th, Gay still has the advantage over compatriot Bryce Molder and Australian Robert Allenby on eight-under.

But Allenby only managed to complete 15 holes before a premature end to the day's play with thunder clouds closing in.

"I'll come out tomorrow and do the same stuff," said Gay. "Hopefully, I'll get off to another good start."

He won the Heritage Classic in April and is looking for his third career win on the PGA Tour.

Molder finished his bogey-free round in real style with birdies on the final three holes.

"It was about as clean a round as I could have had," he said. "I think I missed a couple fairways and maybe one or two greens and just happened to be 10 to 20 feet all day long, and I was just rolling long really."

Woody Austin, Guy Boros and David Tomas were all tied for fourth on seven-under after Austin and Boros shot 66s on Friday, while Tomas stood at four-under after 14 holes.

World No. 2 Phil Mickelson, returning after a five-week absence due to his wife being diagnosed with cancer, was two-under for the day and four-under overall although he still has three holes of his second round to complete.

Fourth-ranked Sergio Garcia will almost certainly not make the cut after he shot three-over with a double-bogey on the 17th hole (his eighth) to follow his even-par on Thursday.


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