Joe rolled in a 15-footer for birdie on No. 2. It was one of four birdies on his day.
If Joe Durant finishes outside the top 125 on the money list he’s okay with that. Of course, the way he’s playing at the McGladrey Classic, that’s unlikely.
Durant shot a 66 Friday to move within one of the lead at Sea Island, where he’ll be paired with leader David Toms in the final pairing Saturday. Still, Durant, who entered the week 131st on the money list, said golf isn’t the priority it once was.
“The days of me playing 28 events a year are over,” said Durant, who is making his 17th start of the season this week. “I don’t have any desire to play that many. My son’s 13, my daughter’s in college, my dad died when I was 7 years old … I want to be home with my kids.”
Not that that should be confused with apathy. Durant said he still wants to win golf tournaments because, after all, that’s why he plays. “I still have 18-20 opportunities to win,” Durant said. “I’ve learned over the last few years that there’s a lot more to life than shooting a golf score.”
Friday, that score included four birdies and zero bogeys and Durant has made just one bogey all week. A big reason why: He’s hit 89 percent of his fairways and 89 percent of his greens in regulation and when Durant plays like that, especially on a course that calls for accuracy, he tends to fare well. -- Brian Wacker
For a second straight day there hasn’t been a ton of upward movement on the leaderboard from the afternoon wave. One player challenging the lead at the moment, though, is Joe Durant. He could certainly use the good finish, too.
Durant entered this week 131st on the money list -- in other words, outside the magic 125 number -- and so far he’s made just one bogey here. In the second round, he’s also missed just one fairway and two greens through 15 holes.
Add it all up and Durant is just one shot back here late in the second round.
The first impressions of Sea Island Golf Course?
“Awesome course,” said Steve Marino, who opened with a 67 and is playing here for the first time. “I think everybody is going to love it.”
That was the sentiment from several players on a pristine Thursday morning.
“The golf course is great; I can’t imagine it being in any better condition,” said Justin Leonard, who shot 66 and is staying with Sea Island resident and host Davis Love III this week. “It’s a great event and there’s not many times you can say that out here [on TOUR] after one day.”
As for the course, the first five holes are giving players the most trouble -- they’re currently ranked, in order, third, eighth, first, fifth and sixth.
“It’s one of those courses where the wind certainly has a major effect on the ball,” said Joe Durant, who is currently tied for second after a 65 in the morning wave. “Some holes that we played were dead opposite from when I played Tuesday. If you hit the ball solid, you’re going to be OK.” -- Brian Wacker
Through his first 15 holes Thursday afternoon, Joe Durant was 1 over and having a rollercoaster round.
Then with the nightfall looming, Durant provided plenty of fireworks to finish his round.
Posting back-to-back eagles, Durant went 5 under through his last three holes to finish with a 4-under 66 to grab a share of the first-round clubhouse lead with Jason Day.
"Eagle, eagle, birdie -- it turned the day around, that's for sure," Durant said.
The back-to-back eagles are the first on TOUR since Phil Mickelson did it at the Masters earlier this year.
After starting his round on the 10th tee, Durant eagled the par-5 seventh and the par-4 eighth before ending with a birdie at the par-4 ninth.
He was hoping to end his round with a flourish, but that was more than he anticipated.
"I wasn't playing great, but I was hanging in there," Durant said when recalling his first 15 holes. "I was thinking three birdie putts the last three holes. If I could do that, I could sneak out even or 1 under; I would have been happy with that."
Durant said the last time he posted consecutive eagles was when he was 16 years old playing at the Dixie Derby in Florida, thanks to a hole-in-one and an 80-foot putt.
Here are the particulars:
|Par-5 7th||Eagle||Hit tee shot 300 yards. "A mediocre drive," Durant said. Landed approach shot to 16 feet, 4 inches. Made putt|
|Par-4 8th||Eagle||Hit tee shot 288 yards. Holed second shot from 180 yards with a 6-iron|
|Par-4 9th||Birdie||Hit tee shot 296 yards. Landed approach shot to 11 feet, 3 inches. Made putt|