Thompson takes Rex Hospital Open lead

Raleigh, NC ( - Kyle Thompson carded a 3-under 68 in Friday's second round, which was good enough to give him a 1-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Rex Hospital Open.

Thompson, who finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 131, is a three-time winner on the Tour. He seems to save his best for this event as two of those victories came here in 2007 and 2011.

"I've played here enough years and hit every shot on this golf course," Thompson said.

Steve Allan was two shots off of tying the course record with an 8-under 63 and he is tied for second at 10-under 132 with Richy Werenski (65), Drew Scott (65) and Darron Stiles (66).

First-round leader Seamus Power shot a 1-over 72 at TPC Wakefield Plantation and he is tied for sixth at minus-9 with eight others.

Playing the back nine first, Thompson started off with a trio of pars from No. 10. He got into red numbers with back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, pushing him up to minus-10 for the week.

That was it for Thompson's front nine as he rolled in four straight pars from No. 15 and made the turn.

Thompson made it eight straight pars in a row with four more from No. 1. A birdie on the par-3 fifth was canceled out two holes later by his first and only bogey on No. 7.

However, a birdie on Thompson's last hole at No. 9 pushed him back up to 11- under and that lead held up at the end of the day.

"I'm pretty content. Obviously I didn't play nearly as well as I did yesterday, but it was playing tougher today. The greens were firmer, they were faster and we had some decent wind out there so it wasn't playing real easy," said Thompson, who shot a 63 on Thursday. "I'm very happy with the way I played. I made some really solid par saves today and made some nice putts so it's a good spot to go into the weekend."

Allan was consistent during his second round as he made four birdies on both the front and back nine en route to a bogey-free 63.

Werenski had a huge front nine that consisted of six birdies and three pars. The back nine was a stalemate for him as he made two birdies and two bogeys.

Scott made just one bogey to go along with seven birdies, while Stiles had six birdies and he too made one bogey.

NOTES: Allan's 63 was the second of the week, with Thompson's being the first in round one ... The old course record of 62 was broken by Power's 61 on day one ... Thompson's other win came at the Oregon Classic, also in 2007 ... With the cut falling at 3-under 139, 80 players advanced to play the weekend.