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Fowler Falls 8 off the Lead as Thatcher Cards a 63 at Disney

Ryder Cupper Rickie Fowler fired a pedestrian 70 in his second round at the Children’s Miracle network Classic on a day where players were going low all over the course.  It may be that the 14-thousand miles Fowler travelled to be in Orlando has finally caught up with him.

However, despite the fact he’s now eight back of Roland Thatcher’s lead, he’s certainly got a shot at the title, as low numbers have been the order of the first two days at Disney.  The bookmakers certainly haven’t written off the 21-year old stud.  He’s still fourth best on the betting board at (12-1).

The favourite heading to the third round is the current man at the top.  Roland Thatcher has eaten up both the Magnolia and Palm courses making a statement on Friday with a 63 to sit at (-16) thru two rounds.  He’s the betting favourite at (2-1) and has a real shot at Steve Stricker’s PGA scoring record of (-33).

Sitting four back in second place is the bookies #2 man at (4-1).  Brian Gay has the game to mount a challenge and he’s put together quite the year with over $1.4-million in earnings.  However, a skeptical approach to the Fort Worth, Texas native would be warranted with the second half of his season being less than impressive.  His last top-25 came at the Barclays at the end of September and his last top-10 was all the way back in May.

Former British Open champion Tom Lehman has kept himself in the mix.  The 51-year old is within shouting distance at (-7) after carding a second round 70.  If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, Lehman offers up some long odds from the book as he enters the third round at (80-1).  Do keep in mind, he hasn’t posted a top-10 on the big tour this year and has made just 5 of 8 cuts.

Other notables heading to the weekend at the Tour’s final event of 2010.  Hall of Famer Vijay Singh is 12 shots back at (-4), while two time US Open winner Lee Janzen sits at (-6) after back-to-back 69’s.  Meanwhile, Fowler’s Ryder Cup teammate Stewart Cink heads to round three at (-5).  However, if you’re looking to hang your hat on any of them, you’ll have to take ‘the field’ at (5-1).


These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow  - Sam Snead

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