PAOLI, Pa., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Billy Andrade carded a 3-under-par 68 Friday to maintain a one-stroke lead midway through the Pennsylvania Classic.
A native of the northeast, Andrade has enjoyed his week in the Philadelphia area, bogeying only one hole en route to a two-round total of 8-under 134 at Waynesborough Country Club.
"I'm obviously putting well, I'm making all of my short putts, I'm controlling my distance with my club selection, I'm not getting myself into too much trouble," said Andrade, who has not won in nearly two years.
Andrade began the day a stroke better than a pair of players and ended it one ahead of Canadian Ian Leggatt, who birdied five consecutive holes on the back nine and shot a 65.
The Pennsylvania Classic includes only two players ranked 10th or higher in the world.
A would would still mean a lot to Andrade, whose most recent of three PGA Tour wins came at the 2000 Las Vegas Classic. He has missed the cut in 10 of his 25 starts this year and has been in the top 10 just once since March.
"I've been quiet the last couple of weeks," said Andrade, a Rhode Island native who has been battling an upset stomach. "And I like the way it's going so far."
Andrade played bogey-free en route to a 66 on Thursday and had just one bogey Friday, starting the round with eight pars on the back nine and sprinkling in four birdies along the way.
"I think, you know, I'm the bogey king," said Andrade, who is 63rd on tour with a 70.87 scoring average. "I can tell you how to make a bogey in a second. You can hit two really good shots and three-putt, you can hit a terrible drive and slap it out and knock it on the green and two-putt.
"There are a lot of ways of making bogeys and I have made my share, believe me. So I'm very happy with where I stand."
After his early run of pars, Andrade two-putted for birdie at the par-5 18th. He then sank a six-foot birdie putt at the third before dropping his only stroke of the day at the par-4 sixth.
The $594,000 first prize would go a long way in helping Andrade qualify for the Tour Championship, where the top 30 players on the money list are invited. He is 56th -- more than $600,000 out of the coveted 30th spot.