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Zurich Classic 2013: Day 2 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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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.

Leaderboard per PGATour.com

Position Country Player Total Friday R1 R2
1 USA Lucas Glover -12 -5 65 67
2 USA Boo Weekley -11 -4 65 68
USA D.A. Points  -10 -4  66  68 
4 USA  Morgan Huffman  -9  -3  66  69 
RSA  Ernie Els  -8  -3  67  69 
T6  ENG  Brian Davis  -7  -3  68 69 
T6  USA  Jerry Kelly  -7  -5  70  67 
T6  ENG  Justin Rose  -7  -3  68  69 
T6  USA  Jeff Maggert  -7  -5  70  67 
T6  USA  Bobby Gates  -7  -2  67  70 
T6 USA  Doug LaBelle II  -7  -5  70  67 
             
     



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.

video from PGATour.com

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. 

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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.

 

The Risers

 

Jerry Kelly

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.

 

Jeff Maggert

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.

 

Bubba Watson

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 Fallers

 

The following players must have felt like this guy was guarding every green.

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Rickie Fowler

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.

 

James Driscoll

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.

 

Ricky Barnes

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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.

video from PGATour.com

 

Glover Sinks the Birdie on 18 To Finish Up a Stellar Day

The tournament leader drains his 17th birdie in two days here.

video from PGATour.com

 

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.

video from PGATour.com

 

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.

video from PGATour.com

 

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