Zurich Classic 2013: Day 2 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
Lucas Glover followed up his amazing seven-under 65 on Thursday with a five-under 67 to hold the lead at the 2013 Zurich Classic in Avondale, La.
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The 33-year-old looks a lot like John Malkovich in the picture above. But on Friday, it was good Being Lucas Glover.
He has been on fire through the first two days of play, but he still holds only a one-shot lead over Boo Weekley.
Glover putted extremely well on Friday and that has been a key to his success.
He has 17 birdies through two rounds. Here's an interview from PGATour.com where Glover discusses his performance in the second round.
Though the skies were partly cloudy throughout much of the afternoon, a temperature in the 70s, per Weather.com, seemed to work fine for most of the field.
Glover was among the 40-plus players who produced scores in the 60s. Justin Rose was one of them, he fired a three-under 69 to put himself five shots behind Glover.
Fourteen-year-old sensation Tianlang Guan also shot a 69. He is three under par for the tournament which means he has made yet another cut at a PGA Tour event. That is amazing.
"Making the cut is one of my goals. I'm having fun these couple of days, and I hope to play my best and go further." -- @guan_tianlang— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 26, 2013
How long will it be before Guan is in the hunt for his first tour win?
Rickie Fowler was not as sharp on Friday. On a day where many players were putting up low scores, Fowler finished with a one-over 73. He's eight shots behind Glover after a five-under 67 on Thursday.
2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson bounced back from a one-over 73 on Thursday with a seven-under 65 on Friday. It was the best round of the day and he is now six under for the tournament.
That still leaves him a healthy six shots behind Glover, though.
Here is a look at the players who made the most dramatic moves in or out of contention.
Kelly's five-under 67 on Friday built on the two-under 70 he put up on Thursday. He will go into the weekend five strokes behind Glover for the lead.
Glover is on such a torrid pace, it may be hard for him to sustain this momentum. If Kelly remains steady, Glover and the other members of the top five may come back to him.
Maggert's scorecard after two rounds looks a lot like Kelly's. Both have had rounds of 70 and 67, but Maggert has struggled on the first hole both days. If he can tighten up there, he will be in even better position to make a move.
Doug LaBelle II
LaBelle II was another member of the 70-67 club. He was among the last players to finish up on Friday, but he finished strong.
LaBelle II, Kelly and Maggert all jumped 30 spots after their play on Friday.
It was truly a tale of two rounds for Bubba. As spectacular as he was on Friday, he'll probably need to be near as good on the weekend to have a chance.
Six shots isn't an insurmountable deficit, but with Glover, D.A. Points and Weekley playing so well, it will be even tougher.
The following players must have felt like this guy was guarding every green.
After being in the thick of things on Thursday, Fowler had a nightmarish day with a one-over 73. If the course were playing more difficult, this wouldn't be such a big deal.
But most of the leaders maintained their solid play from Day 1 to Day 2. Fowler's mediocre performance will likely sink his chances to win.
One of the most dramatic falls came from Driscoll. After a four-under 68 on Thursday, Driscoll laid a complete egg on Friday.
His three-over 75 dropped him 73 spots on the leaderboard. He's now eleven shots behind at one under. He had three bogeys and no birdies on the day.
With the cut set at three under, Driscoll will not be continuing this weekend.
What notable star surprised you most with their poor play on Friday?
What a catastrophe Friday was for Barnes. He managed no birdies and struggled all afternoon. He double-bogeyed the third hole and limped off with a four-over 76 for the day.
This came after leading the pack with a eight-under 64 on Thursday. He's fortunate he was so good in Round 1. Without that performance, he wouldn't have made the cut.
He's at four under for the tournament.
Notables Who Missed the Cut
- Lee Janzen
- Justin Leonard
- Mike Weir
- Ben Crane
- K.J. Choi
Highlights From Friday's Action
Guan's Approach and Birdie on Second Hole
Watch as Guan continues to show skill and poise beyond his years with this excellent sequence of shots.
Glover Sinks the Birdie on 18 To Finish Up a Stellar Day
The tournament leader drains his 17th birdie in two days here.
Weekley Converts the Birdie on 17
Weekley is right on Glover's heels after two rounds. He calmly drains the birdie putt on the 17th hole.
Bubba Watson's 21-Foot Putt on 17
The 2012 Masters champion was sharp on Friday. Take a look at this clutch putt on the 17th hole, it was one of eight birdies he made on the day.
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