The McGladrey Classic. Henley Hits the Top.

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Russell Henley hits the top of the McGladrey Classic at the half way point at Sea IslandSeaside Course.

The McGladrey Classic

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Russell hit the heights with a second round -7 under par 63 to post a half way total of -9 under par for the McGladrey Classic, giving him a one shot lead.

Russell had a strange start to the day,  with a penalty shot and a bogey on the first hole of the day for him, the 10th. The whole round was held together with great putting;

“I definitely wasn’t thinking 63, after the first hole I was just thinking, all right, you got to hang in there and just be patient and hopefully get something going, and I did”

That kept the round going, and then I felt pretty good with my putter. I would say I’m a great putter. And I think if you want to be a great putter, you have to believe that you’re a great putter.”

I try to just believe in my putting and enjoy putting, and people always tells me I’m a great putter, so it’s pretty easy to keep the confidence going when you’re doing that. I just wish they would say that about the rest of my game.”

Brendon de Jonge, Brian Harman and Andrew Svoboda are tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament, Brendon fired at -6 under par 64 to get himself into contention.

There are then three players tied in fifth place at -7 under par, Will McKenzie, Mark Wilson and Fabian Gomez.

Tournament Host Davis Love 111 carded a second round -2 under par 68 to make the cut, which was set at even par, Davis finished at -1 under par.

Missing the cut was  Zach Johnson he was one of several high-profile players who call the Sea Island area home, but the former Masters champ won’t be around to contest at the weekend after rounds of 71 and 73. Zach was undone by back-to-back double bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16, which led to a +6 over par 41 on the back nine, which left him at +4 over par for the competition.

The McGladrey Classsic. Captain Kirk Still In Control.

Captain Kirk is still in control of The McGladrey Classic, albeit sharing the lead with Briny Baird after the third round at Sea Island Golf Course.

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Captain Kirk and Briny sit atop the leaderboard of The McGladrey Classic at -10 under par for the tournament. The Captain shot a third round of -2 under par 68, while Briny went one better with -3 under par 67.

Chris got frustrated early on;

” The first twelve holes were a little bit frustrating,  I didn’t feel like I was playing that poorly at all. I missed one green in those twelve holes, and I was playing pretty solid golf. Just couldn’t quite get a number right, and I couldn’t quite read a putt right. This course in particular can frustrate you like that, just because there are no real ‘gimme’ birdie holes out here at all. Thankfully I did stay pretty patient. Just keep hitting solid shots and stay patient like I did today. Hopefully it will come early and I’ll have a really hot front nine, but if not I’ll just try to make my birdies when I can get them. It’s not like you can just go out there and play conservative and try to hold onto your lead, it’s sort of anybody’s game. Obviously, I’m happy to be tied for the lead right now because that’s one less shot that I’ve got to go get tomorrow. But I’ve got to go play a really good round tomorrow, and hope that nobody plays a really great round tomorrow.”

When asked what it would take to win, Briny, who had carded three straight birdies at the end of his round, just replied;

“One less than the next best guy. It’s a great way to finish and it puts me in a better position going into tomorrow than if I’d have just finished with pars. That would have made the work tomorrow considerably harder.”

There are three players tied in third place, just one shot back at -9 under par, Kevin Stadler, Brian Gay and John Senden. Kevin had the lowest round of the day, a marvelous -5 under par 65, and Brian was close with his -4 under par 66.

Tied in sixth spot are Brendon Todd and Scott Brown, both achieving -8 under par for the contest.

PGA Tour Parts Company with Mickey and Minnie, and The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

 

It was a sad day Monday when the PGA Tour released a portion of its 2013-14 schedule, with one glaring omission. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is not part of the new lineup. Tournament spokesperson Tony Morreale announced;

 “It was a mutual decision between us and the Tour.”

The Disney event has  been a permanent fixture on the Tour since 1971, when Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural Walt Disney World Open Invitational, and in recent years it has enjoyed being the final event on the circuit’s schedule. For sometime now speculation had been building  that with the Tour’s transition to a split-calendar schedule beginning next season, and the loss of its title sponsor, November’s event, which was last won by Charlie Beljan, would be the end of the Miracles for the Children.

Ryan Palmer the 2004 Disney champion, said;

” I honestly think it would have gotten a better field as part of the FedEx Cup. It will be sad to see an event like this go away. Disappointed to see it leave.”

The Frys.com Open will start the 2013-14 schedule beginning Oct. 20-13 followed by the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (Oct. 17-20) in Las Vegas. Then following two events in Asia, CIMB Classic (Oct. 24-27) and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (Oct. 31-3) – the circuit returns to North America for The McGladrey Classic in Georgia and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Mexico) in November. After November there will be a break of one and a half months before the Tour resumes it’s season with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Friday Jan 4 – Monday Jan 7, 2013, at the Plantation Course at Kapalua · Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.

The McGladrey Classic Round 1

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Bud Cauley shares the lead at the McGladrey Classic on the Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia, after the opening round, with fellow American Marco Dawson. Both players took advantage of the course to fire in rounds of -8 under par, 62.

Bud has already earned $1.7 million dollars this year and has moved up to position 55 in the World Golf Rankings, all achieved without a win. He hopes this tournament will change the zero in the win column;

”Obviously, I’ve thought about winning every tournament I’ve teed up in this year. ‘It’s been a long year, and although I’ve played a lot this year, I haven’t won. It’s still a goal of mine, but I’m not thinking about that while I’m out there, or putting any more pressure on myself this week. The season is kind of winding down. It would be great to win here.”

Marco Dawson is in a totally different position, this tournament it is the penultimate PGA Tour event on the schedule that counts toward the money list, with Marco way down at No. 216 on the list and with only $62,026 in his 20 tournaments this year. Realistically Marco has to win The McGladrey Classic to avoid a return to Q-school, his year has gone so awry that  he doesn’t even look at the money list anymore.

”I’m so far away from it that the only thing I can do is just try and play well. And when I am playing well, just to keep it going instead of kind of messing it up like I have during the year.”

Boo Weekly is one of three players tied for third place with rounds of  -6 under par 64. Boo has changed to a new thicker putter grip, something that we at White Dragon Golf always recommend, and it has dramatically altered his putting stats, sinking putts from 14, 7, 15, 8, and 7 feet. Boo is currently at 121 on the money list, and is aware of the danger;

“I’m pretty aware of it, The last two weeks I’ve actually played pretty good but I just seem to get nothing out of my round. It just gets more frustrating. The more frustrated you get out here you start getting negative, you start talking trash to yourself saying, ‘You ain’t gonna make the cut because you can’t make this 5-footer. You missed three already the first five holes.’ It just kind of wears on your mind.  It’s been a long time coming, finally started making some putts. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty good the last few weeks and finally today the putts showed up. It just felt good, started making some putts and that started building some confidence.”

The other two players tied at third with Boo are, England’s Greg Owen and Rod Pampling from Australia.