Run on back not enough for Allred
OMAHA, Neb. — Jason Allred made three birdies on the back nine and shot a 3-under-par 68, but it was too little, too late Friday in the Nationwide Tour Cox Classic at Champions Run.
Allred, who shot a 72 in the first round, was 2 under for the tourney and missed the cut by four strokes. The 6-under cut line matched the tournament record, set last year.
On Friday, two birdies and two bogeys on the front left Allred needing a valiant charge to make the cut line. He birdied Nos. 10 and 12, but four straight pars preceded a birdie on the par-5 17th.
Veteran Ken Duke fired 63 to grab a share of the second-round lead. He's 13 under and tied with Scotland's Russell Knox, who carved out a 6-under 65.
At Reno, Nev., Vaughn Taylor's only two career wins on the PGA tour have come at the Reno-Tahoe Open, where he's making a bid to claim a third after a 6-under-par 66 gave him a one-shot lead over Will MacKenzie.
Taylor had an eagle and four birdies, then parred the last five holes to move to 9-under 135 at Montreux Golf & Country Club, where his victories in 2004 and 2005 make him the 13-year-old tourney's only two-time winner.
Steve Flesch, the 2007 champion, shot a 69 and is tied for third with Hunter Haas and first-round leader Nick O'Hern at 7-under 137. Haas had a 67, O'Hern a 72.
At Blaine, Minn., Jay Haas aced the fourth hole and finished with four straight birdies en route to an 8-under 64 to share the lead with John Huston after the first round of the 3M Championship.
Huston birdied five of his final nine holes. Gary Hallberg, Tom Lehman, Peter Senior and Rod Spittle were one shot back at the TPC Twin Cities. Mark Calcavecchia, Dave Eger, Kenny Perry and Joey Sindelar were at 66.
With temperatures in the mid-80s, high dew points and little wind, 53 of the 80 players finished under par.
Because of the nearly 2 inches of rain received in the past week, the only complaint was that balls hit off the tee would stick in the damp fairway and leave mud on the ball, reducing the player's ability to control a second shot.