Diaz shoots 67 to take lead

Updated: February 27, 2004, 9:29 AM ET
Associated Press

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Australian David Diaz shot a bogey-free 67 to lead the New Zealand PGA Championship by one stroke after the second round Friday.

Chill winds gusting to 30 mph helped produce major changes on the leaderboard but didn't bother Diaz, who had five birdies to give him a 7-under total of 137. Canadian Jon Mills, who shot a 71, was second.

Americans Ryan Armour (66), Scott Sterling (69), Bill Lunde (70) and Australian Lucas Parsons (68) shared third place, two strokes behind Diaz.

First-round leader Dean Alaban of Australia shot a 74 to fall back into a tie with six others at 4-under.

The tournament, at the 7,137-yard Clearwater course, is co-sanctioned by the Australasian PGA and the U.S. Nationwide Tour.

American Ty Tryon, who in 2001 became the youngest player to win a place on the U.S. PGA Tour, missed the cut, following his first-round 71 with a 78 on Friday.

Diaz, just one stroke ahead of Tryon after Thursday's round, birdied the first, fourth, fifth and sixth holes, then played the back nine in 1-under to leap into first.

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