Moore Hunting First Win, Tied With Curtis

Ryan Moore, former U.S. Amateur, NCAA, and Public Links champion, is tied with Ben Curtis after shooting a five under 67. Ben Curtis followed his Thursday 66 with a strong 3 under 69. The two leaders tied at 69 are followed by two players tied at 8 under. Sean O'Hair, winner of the 2005 John Deere Classic, shot a 69 along with Charles Howell III. Five players are tied at two back including yesterday's leader Nicholas Thompson. The story of the day was definitely that surround teen golfer Michelle Wie who will turn 17 next month, who was not able to make the cut. Wie shot an 81 following her 77 yesterday to finish at 15 under in last place. Though Wie came in last place, she was in good company alongside several major winners including Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, and John Daly. John Daly, a former British Open champion, is coming off one of the worst seasons during his career sitting in 189th place on the TOUR's official money list. Daly has usually performed well in the 84 Lumber Classic, playing each year due to his endorsement contract with the 84 Lumber Company. Last year's champion Jason Gore made the cut shooting 70 on Friday to finish the first two days at one under par. Another notable player making the cut is Jason Day who I wrote about earlie in the week. The eighteen year old Austrailian has now made 5 out of his first 6 cuts on the PGA Tour. Jason Day looks to bypass Tour Qualifying school and earn his tour card for the 2007 season by playing well enough in his sponsor's exemptions this year. At one over par, two strong days could put Day in the top 25.

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