Saturday, November 08, 2008

MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Darron Stiles made a tap-in eagle on the final hole for a 4-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead Friday with Garrett Osborn in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.

In sunny, calm conditions at TPC Craig Ranch, Stiles' 5-wood shot from 242 yards hit the pin on the par-5 18th to set up the short eagle try. Seventh on the money list with $303,427, he's already guaranteed a PGA Tour spot next year.

Osborn, 40th on the money list with only the final top 25 earning 2009 PGA Tour cards, had a 65 to match Stiles at 11-under 141.

Colt Knost, the 2007 U.S. Amateur champion from SMU, was 9 under after a 66.

``I haven't been nervous in a long time, but I was nervous on the first tee the last two days, but I want to do well in front of these people so badly,'' Knost said.

Fort Worth native Hunter Haas, 26th on the money list, shot a 66 to join Bryce Molder (67), Marc Leishman (67) and Jeff Klauk (69) at 8 under.

``I'm very happy with where I am right now, but when you lose focus and start looking at what others are doing, that's when you start to fold,'' Haas said.

Casey Wittenberg shot a 64, the best round of the day, to top a group at 7 under.

Stiles' eagle turned an average round into a very good one. After shooting 4-under 32 on the front nine, he had a double bogey on the 12th hole and a bogey out of the bunker on par-4 16th. But after picking up two shots on the final hole, he finished where he started the day, on top of the leaderboard.

``That's two days in a row, I've made my best swings on the 18th hole,'' Stiles said.

Osborn has missed more cuts this year (11) than he's had top-25 finishes (9) and came into this week having missed four cuts in his last six tournaments.

``I got real lucky several times and had some good breaks,'' Osborn said.

One of those came on the par-4 eighth where his second shot was headed for the greenside rough, but hit a women's ankle and bounced back toward the green.

``I gave her ball on that hole. She deserves all the credit for that par,'' he said.

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