McGowan opens 3-shot lead at Euro Tour’s Joburg Open

Ross McGowan, of England, tips his visor after sinking a putt on the 19th hole that led to victory over No. 1 seed Steve Stricker in the opening round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) Ross McGowan opened a three-shot lead after two rounds of the European Tour's Joburg Open following a sizzling 9-under 62 on Friday.

The Englishman, who regained his place on the tour this season, fired six birdies and two eagles on the par-71 West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington to go 14 under for the tournament. That followed his 5-under 67 on the East Course in the opening round.

McGowan surged clear of Jean Hugo, Haydn Porteous, Anthony Wall and Felipe Aguilar, who were all 11 under.

McGowan lost his European Tour card in 2011 but came through qualifying school last year, and tied for 12th at the South African Open last weekend.

Four-time major champion Ernie Els just survived the cut after carding 70-70 for his opening two rounds.