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McGirt catches Piercy atop Canadian

ANCASTER, Ontario — William McGirt shot a 4-under 66 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Scott Piercy in the Canadian Open.

Piercy followed his opening 8-under 62 with a 67 to join McGirt at 11-under 129 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, matching the tournament 36-hole scoring record.

Robert Garrigus was two strokes back after a 66, and Bo Van Pelt was 9 under after a 66. Tim Clark, Vijay Singh and Josh Teater were 8 under. Clark had a 62, Singh shot 67, and Teater 65. Bud Cauley had a 63 to join Troy Matteson and Camilo Villegas at 7 under. Villegas had a 64, and Matteson shot 68.

British Open champion Ernie Els missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 70. Jim Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen, also missed the cut. He shot 70-70 to fall a stroke short of advancing to weekend play.

Five of the 23 Canadian players survived the cut, led by David Hearn. He was seven strokes back after his second straight 68. Mike Weir missed the cut for the third straight year, shooting consecutive 72s.

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At Columbus, Ohio, Jason Allred sits right above the projected cut line after two incomplete rounds at the OSU Golf Club.

Allred backed up an opening-round 70 with an even-par 71 before play was suspended due to inclement weather. Allred's 1-under 141 total was the projected cut line when second-round play was to be resumed this morning.

The Ashland native used three birdies to erase a bogey and a double bogey in an otherwise par-filled round.

Trevor Murphy was 1 under through 11 holes in his second round when lightning forced him and others off the course. He is the leader at 9 under overall.

Senior British Open

At Turnberry, Scotland, American Gary Hallberg shot a 7-under 63 in the windy second round of the Senior British Open to take a three-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

Hallberg was 6 under on Turnberry's Ailsa Course. Langer followed his opening 64 with a 73. Lehman had a 71. Jeff Sluman was 2 under after a 68.

Fred Couples was tied for ninth at even par after a 68.