Chris Kirk cashed in on his experience of playing Sea Island Golf Course in the wind, to lead the McGladrey Classic at the conclusion of play in the second round.
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Chris Kirk was at his best form when the wind was at its worst Friday in The McGladrey Classic, shooting a second round -4 under par 66 in the windy conditions and starting on the back nine. Chris takes a one shot lead going into the week-end with his total at -8 under par for the tournament. He said he did not let anything bug him;
” Definitely shot my score on that back nine, I made a pretty easy bogey on No. 10 and it was just kind of like, `Yeah, this is going to be a pretty tough day.’ But I didn’t let it bug me.”
He was one of the early PGA TOUR pros to settle at Sea Island, and this was one time where it paid off. The conditions were cold and blustery, with gusts up to 35 mph, and Chris was ready for just about anything;
“I’ve played this course hundreds of times, I’ve seen every wind direction, every wind strength. I’ve seen it blow way harder than that before. You still know how well you’ve got to play to shoot a good score, but at least there’s no surprises.”
Sharing second place at -7 under par are; Briny Baird, Kevin Chappell, Webb Simpson and John Senden.
Kevin said you needed some luck today, but in the end it all averaged itself out;
“You hit some not-so-perfect shots and get some bad breaks with the wind gusting and you get exposed really quickly. I think I was fortunate to come to that realization that there’s some luck involved today and that maybe for a period of time I was one of the luckier guys out here. But that tough stretch in the middle of the round I wasn’t so lucky, and the law of averages, it averaged out.”
Webb would have taken a sub-par round today, and finished with a -2 under par second round;
“Before I played I would take anything under par, I think the game plan before the round was to know club selection so you don’t get to a hole and you’re shocked and you don’t know what to do. That was big for us.”
First round leader George McNeill finished off the fog-delayed first round Friday morning, carding -8 under par 62, when the course was soft and benign. George struggled in the wind, making five straight bogeys on his way to a +6 over par 76. He is now six shots behind the leader.