Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
David Lingmerth continues his hot play. His opening-round 65 is followed by another 65. That’s 10 under through 36 holes. The main difference Friday was that Lingmerth was flawless. It was a bogey-free round that included three birdies in his first five holes as well as a closing one. Reminder: The 29-year-old won a Web.com Tour event, the Neediest Kids Championship, at this venue in 2012. He now has a two-shot lead going into the weekend at a PGA Tour event here. Lingmerth entered the week in fine form, having finished T-26 or better in his last four starts.
While Lingmerth sits atop the leaderboard there are a few others charging behind hims such as Geoff Ogilvy, who was was 5 under on the day through 13 holes and shoots 65 to move into solo second at 8 under. Daniel Summerhays (68) is solo third at 6 under. Arjun Atwal shoots 67 and Sung Kang posts 69 to sit in a tie for fourth at 5 under.
Perhaps the biggest news of the weekend so far is for last years champ Billy Hurley III, who looks nothing like the same player who took this tournament by storm last year, granted that was at an entirely different course.
It was a roller coaster ride the whole way, but Hurley finished with a 1-over 71 to make the cut right on the number. Hurley sits at plus-4 and is tied for 63rd along with 12 other golfers going into the weekend.
“Better than yesterday, but I didn’t need to tell you that,” Hurley said when asked to assess his second round. “Basically, I drove it better today so that’s why I had a better score.”
Saturday’s round is calling for a hot and humid afternoon with a strong chance of showers later in the day. We will have to see how this plays out for Sunday if there happens to be any delay in the play.