Stiles moves 1 clear at Louisiana Open
Broussard, LA (Sports Network) - Darron Stiles fired a 7-under 64 on Friday to grab a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the Louisiana Open.
Stiles, a 5-time winner on the Web.com Tour, finished two rounds at 11-under- par 131. He earned his last tour win last year at the News Sentinel Open.
Arjun Atwal posted a 6-under 65 to move into second place at minus-10. Atwal won during the 2008 season on the Web.com Tour and on the PGA Tour in 2010.
Jason Gore, the tour's all-time leader in wins, also carded a 65 to move into a share of third place at 9-under-par 133. He was joined in third place at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club by Ben Martin (67) and Troy Merritt (66).
Danny Ellis, who shared the first-round lead with John Peterson, carded 2- under 69. He slid into a share of sixth at minus-8 with two-time champion Brett Wetterich (66), Edward Loar (66), Jim Herman (67) and Danny Lee (67).
Peterson tripped to a 1-over 72 and fell into a tie for 19th at 5-under 137.
Stiles played the back nine first on Friday and got on the board with a birdie at the 12th. He converted back-to-back birdie efforts at 14 and 15. Stiles traded a birdie for a bogey from the 17th to make the turn at minus-7.
The 39-year-old erased his bogey at 18 with a birdie on the first. Stiles birdied the next two par-5s, Nos. 5 and 7, to grab a share of the lead. At the ninth, Stiles drained an 18-foot birdie putt to finish one ahead of Atwal.
"I made the putts you're supposed to make today. To me, that's the key on this golf course," said Stiles, who is 8-under on the par-5s through two rounds. "If you can get the par-5s and then get one or two somewhere else, that's six a day and that will usually get it done."
Atwal also played the back nine first on Friday. He stumbled to a bogey at the 10th. Atwal ran off three birdies in a 4-hole span from the 14th to move to minus-6, but he faltered to a double-bogey at the 18th to make the turn at 4- under overall and even-par for his round.
The 2008 Chattanooga Classic winner got those two strokes back when he eagled the par-5 first. After a birdie on two, Atwal stumbled to a bogey at the third.
Atwal birdied the fifth, then drained three consecutive birdies from the seventh to end at 10-under.
"That double at 18 was kind of exciting. It came out of nowhere," Atwal said. "I blocked my tee shot right and into the water and then I had to drop way back."
NOTES: With bad weather expected in the afternoon, tee times were moved up to 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (ET) in an attempt to beat the worst of the weather ... Byron Smith had a hole-in-one on the sixth ... The cut line fell at 2-under 140 with 69 players moving on ... Among those to miss the cut were four former champions - Bubba Dickerson, Gavin Coles, Skip Kendall and Ryan Hietala.
03/22 21:28:23 ET