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Golf: Leonard blows hot and bold.

TEXAS residents Justin Leonard and JL Lewis made the best of the poor conditions to share the halfway lead at The Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

Leonard and Lewis may share a home state but the two have had very different careers on the PGA Tour.

The 31-year-old Leonard is halfway to his ninth career title and continued his remarkable success at this event, where he has made the cut in each of his 10 appearances.

Leonard charged to the top of the leaderboard with a six-under 64, a considerable feat given the Texas winds and dried out greens.

The 1997 Open champion said: 'With the wind blowing as hard as it was there was just no let-up. Even the easy holes are hard when the wind is blowing like this.'

He survived a wild round that included five birdies over the first 10 holes and an eagle at No.11.

With the lead to himself, Leonard posted back-to-back bogeys beginning at the12th. He regrouped to birdie the 16th, rolling home a 25-footer.

Lewis, meanwhile, is hoping to find the secret to his 2003 success. He had six top-10 finishes in 31 events last year, including a victory at the 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania.

However, he has struggled badly this year, missing the cut in three of his last six events and cracking the top 25 just once in his last 12 events.

Lewis followed his opening round 68 with a bogey-free 64.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 23, 2004
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