Steve Allan is playing well too

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

MARKHAM, Ont. -- Steve Allan's name has a familiar ring to it, but not so much because of his accomplishments on the golf course.

Allan, who shares the same moniker with the late, great talk show host Steve Allen (although not the same spelling), has been a marginal player on the PGA Tour since 1999.

The native of Melbourne, Australia never has won on the PGA Tour and, in fact, earned his card only at the 2006 qualifying tournament after finishing the 2005 season ranked 158th.

But the amiable Aussie appears on the brink of changing that, if his first two rounds of play at this week's Canadian Open are any indication.

Allan, a model of consistency on the Angus Glen course, shot at three-under 68 yesterday, for a two-day total of 132, a whopping 10 strokes under par. He has a share of the lead with American John Mallinger.

"It's great," Allan said of his opening two rounds. "This what you play golf for, to be up there. What could be more fun than being up there on the PGA Tour?"

His biggest claims to fame were winning the 1998 German Open and 2002 Australian Open, but his time on the PGA Tour largely has been a struggle.

That began to change this year. Prior to this week's Canadian Open, Allan had put together his best season on the Tour, finishing in the top 20 at three events, including last week's U.S. Bank Championships in Milwaukee, where he tied for 13th.

"My biggest faults in the past has been getting ahead of myself, so I definitely have to take it one shot a time," said Allan, when asked of his thoughts heading into the final two rounds.

"I'll probably try not to look at any leaderboards over the weekend, and just play as well as I can."


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