Daily Wrap-up: Zurich Classic, Round 2April 26, 2013
Lucas Glover smoothly rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on his final hole Friday, giving him the outright lead in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans -- and showing he has regained his touch on the greens
Distancing himself from the putting problems that sabotaged good ball-striking rounds, Glover shot a 5-under 67 to reach 12 under and take a one-stroke lead over Boo Weekley.
"I've been hitting it good for a couple months and finally started making some putts," said Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open winner who won the last of his three PGA TOUR titles in 2011. "I mean, I was hitting it as good as I can hit it. But at the same time, if you putt poorly. ..."
Weekley had a 68. He holed out with a wedge from 105 yards for an eagle on the par-4 10th, his first hole in the second round at TPC Louisiana.
"I couldn't tell it went in because it's got a little bit of an upper lip in the front of it," Weekley said. "I saw it bounce, and then I didn't see it no more ..."
In the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Jason Dufner chips in for birdie on the par-3 14th hole.
Just two weeks after making a historic cut at the Masters, 14-year-old Chinese sensation Guan Tianlang has made another weekend on the PGA TOUR.
Guan carded a 3-under 69 in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and sits at 3 under for the tournament. He was tied for 44th place when he finished with the afternoon groups still on the course and finished the day in a tie for 57th.
"I think I played a very good round today," Guan said ... READ MORE
"No, it's my putter. It was my mom's putter 27 years ago.
It hasn't been her putter for a long time."
--D.A. Points when asked about using his mom's putter
"I was playing hockey and baseball and golf, but definitely not making the cut at The Masters, so that's pretty awesome."
-- Morgan Hoffmann on what he was doing at age 14
"If anybody's telling you they're not nervous, they're not scared at some point during the round, then they're lying to you and they're trying to be tougher. Their mental coach told them to be tougher than me, I guess."
--Bubba Watson on the pressure of playing on the PGA TOUR
Amanda Balionis and Will Haskett with SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio preview Round 3 of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans from TPC Louisiana.
6 -- The number of times a 36-hole leader or co-leader has won on TOUR in 2013
8 -- Bogey-free rounds in Round 2 (Steven Bowditch, Jerry Kelly, Shane Lowry, D.A. Points, David Toms, Jordan Spieth, Seung-Yul Noh, Kevin Sutherland)
17 -- Lucas Glover's birdie count through two rounds -- a personal and TPC Louisiana best
24 -- The number of players who missed the cut by one shot. Just 70 pros were 3 under or better and if one more had dropped to 2 under, those 24 would be playing Saturady.
105 -- Distance (in yards) of Boo Weekley's hole-out for eagle on No. 10, his first hole of the day
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Dropping a 14-foot birdie putt on his finishing hole Friday made lunch much more enjoyable for Ernie Els at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
It completed a round of 3-under 69 and left him lurking four shots off the lead held by Lucas Glover at 12-under 132.
Els' birdie at No. 9, a 179-yard par 3, was his sixth of the round.
"Yeah, it will help, especially after missing a 3-footer on 8,'' Els said. "I kind of fought hard all day. I had a couple really bad holes in the middle of my round. But I tried to stick in there, and obviously that one on my 18th hole will bring us back.''
Els made the turn at 3-under for his round before encountering trouble on the front nine (his back side). He posted bogeys at Nos. 1, 3 and 6 but closed with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 to stay in contention. READ MORE