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Piercy doesn't relent early at the McGladrey 10-24-2014
Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy has signed for a pair of 3-under-par 33-34=67s to open The McGladrey Classic. After a T7 at home in Vegas, Piercy's form made the trip east to Seaside where he's erased four bogeys with 10 birdies, including four in today's walk. The set featured a 13'5" conversion at the par-4 fourth hole and a 14-yard hole-out from in front of the green at the par-4 14th, but the story of the day was that he saved par thrice from outside 11 feet. The longest putt measured 22'2" at the par-3 third, which interestingly chased a par from 16'7" at the par-4 second where he hit the green in regulation. That happens sometimes when the first roll starts nearly 73 feet from the cup. His only blemish was a three-jack bogey from 54'1" at the par-4 13th. At 6-under 134, he's three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Gomez goes bogey-free 66 in the second round 10-24-2014
Fabian Gomez
Fabian Gomez twirled a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 in his second round of The McGladrey Classic. He split 11 (of 14) fairways, but landed only 12 greens in regulation, so the Argentine flashed some short game at Seaside today. Elsewhere, he picked off four birdies, including conversions from 14'9" and 11'6" at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively. At 7-under 133, he's just two strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Mark Wilson in the mix at McGladrey midpoint 10-24-2014
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson is 7-under-par 67-66=133 through two rounds of The McGladrey Classic. He's just two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Wilson was one of only two golfers (Chris Kirk) to go bogey-free on Thursday. He traded five birdies with one bogey at Seaside today. His longest birdie was his first, dropping from 13 feet at the par-4 14th hole. Wilson is fully exempt through this season, but he hasn't posted a top 20 since the 2013 RBC Canadian Open. The best finish in his last 14 starts is a T45 at the Barracuda Championship in early August.
Henley equals career low; grabs 36-hole lead 10-24-2014
Russell Henley
Russell Henley blistered Sea Island Resort's Seaside Course for a 7-under-par 33-30=63 in his second round of The McGladrey Classic to assume outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 9-under 131. Henley missed only two (of 14) fairways and went 8-for-15 in birdie opportunities. Five of those conversions dropped in from outside 11 feet, the longest measuring 20 feet at the par-3 sixth. His only blemish occurred at the par-4 10th where he began his walk. His approach into the green came to rest well left of it and he'd settle for bogey. Today's score matches his career low on the PGA TOUR. He spun all of the first three en route to his breakthrough victory at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Chappell opens 67-67 at The McGladrey Classic 10-24-2014
Kevin Chappell
Kevin Chappell has turned in a pair of 3-under-par 67s at The McGladrey Classic and sits two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Chappell is 9-for-10 in scrambling this week, but he's squared four bogeys thanks to a trio of three-putts, including two today. However, he's compensated with five birdies in each round. Today's set featured a roll from 12'4" at the par-4 11th, but his longest conversion measured 34 feet for birdie at the par-4 second.
MacKenzie presses forward in the second round 10-24-2014
Will MacKenzie
Will MacKenzie answered his opening 65 at The McGladrey Classic with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in today's second round to post 7-under 133, one stroke adrift of the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. He continued to keep his ball in play often enough to mount the scoring opportunities. After splitting 11 (of 14) fairways and hitting 15 greens in regulation, MacKenzie poured in four birdies to offset two bogeys. Three of his par breakers disappeared from outside 10 feet, the longest stretching 23'2" at the par-3 sixth hole. Meanwhile, his second bogey could haunt him. After landing his approach into the par-4 14th, he proceeded to three-putt from only 8'7". Still, the good news is that he again has our attention after several months of head-scratching.
Bogey-free de Jonge 36-hole clubhouse leader 10-24-2014
Brendon de Jonge
Brendon de Jonge smoothed a bogey-free, 32-32=64 in his second round of The McGladrey Classic to post 8-under 132 at the break, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He went out in the first threesome off the 10th tee at Seaside this morning and split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation in plum conditions. de Jonge holed six birdies, three of which ranging 10-16 feet; he didn't miss from inside 10 feet all day. He's now 5-for-5 at this tournament where he'll enter this weekend gunning to challenging a personal-best T4 on the track in 2012. The 34-year-old entered the week having finished outside the top 30 in his last 10 starts, so ending that drought is a more realistic goal. Of course, gamers know to hold their breath when he's in contention, so all bets are off in the next two rounds.