By Rusty Hampton, Special to PGATOUR.COM
MADISON, Miss. – Five players were in the clubhouse tied for the lead and four more were one shot back Friday when darkness brought a halt to the second round of the storm-plagued Sanderson Farms Championship.
Fifty-nine players, including first-round leader Daniel Summerhays, were still on the course when play was stopped at Annandale Golf Club. They will complete their second rounds Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. local time.
Vaughn Taylor (67-67), Fabian Gomez (70-64), Paul Stankowski (66-68), Troy Matteson (67-67) and Kyle Reifers (65-69) finished their second rounds and were tied at 10 under.
Summerhays, who fired a bogey-free 9-under 63 Thursday morning, bogeyed his first hole Friday afternoon but recovered to get to 10 under through eight holes when play was stopped.
Storms that drenched the course on Thursday threw the tournament off schedule. A two-hour lightning delay on Friday added to the trouble. Some players were forced to play as many as 36 holes on Friday. Many others played extra holes on another steamy, 90-degree day.
Stankowski, a two-time TOUR winner in the 1990s who has struggled the last six years, played 30 holes Friday. Asked about his day, he had two answers.
“Well, it was long,” he said. “And it was hot. But it was a good day.”
It was that way for a lot of guys.
With the lift, clean and place rule in effect for the second round, players took dead aim at the rain-softened greens. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III made his share of birdies, five each round, but ran into so much trouble on two holes that he stands at just 3 under (71-70) heading into the third round.
Love made triple bogeys on the easiest (par-5 fifth) and most difficult (par-4 14th) holes, but hung in there and stuck his second shot on the par-4 ninth (his final hole) to 3 feet and rolled in the birdie putt to reach 3 under -- right on the projected cut line heading into Saturday.
Stankowski needed just 25 putts in his second round Friday in Mississippi. (Cox/Getty Images)
By Rusty Hampton, Special to PGATOUR.COM
MADISON, Miss. -- “Hey Stank,” asked a caddie, grinning: “You still know how to do interviews?”
“Nah,” said Paul Stankowski, telling what turned out to be a lie.
Stankowski, a 43-year-old PGA TOUR veteran who did a stint in TV broadcasting in 2005 during one of his several injury-related absences, was refreshingly candid on a scorching hot Friday afternoon at Annandale Golf Club.
After shooting a 4-under 68 to grab a share of the early second-round lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship at 10 under, Stankowski tried to explain why he’s been mostly absent from leaderboards -- and interviews -- over the last decade.
It has a little something to do with the flat stick.
“I watch a lot of golf and everybody who plays well makes putts and I haven’t really made any putts -- for 10 years,” cracked Stankowski. “So it’s kind of nice to make some putts and join the party. That was good.”
Stankowski drained a 50-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to cap his first-round 66 and had took 25 putts overall for the round. He took 30 putts in the second round. He played 30 holes on a brutally hot Friday, finishing his rain-delayed first round and then getting in 18 more holes before play was stopped because of lightning.
First-round leader Daniel Summerhays (63) had just teed off when the horn sounded at 3:59 p.m. (CDT), stopping play. Stankowski is tied at the moment at 10 under with Vaughn Taylor (67-67) and Fabian Gomez (70-64), who made a bomb of his own (from 52 feet) for eagle on the par-5 18th.
Stankowski won twice on TOUR in the 1990s but lost his full-time status several years ago. He’s been playing the Web.com Tour this year, making just three of eight cuts. This is his first PGA TOUR event of the year.
“I’m one-for-one in cuts made this year, so that’s good,” said Stankowski, smiling.
Asked if he was surprised by the way he played, Stankowski quit smiling, paused, then said: “I know it’s in me. We’re halfway home and anything can happen.”
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Hunter Hamrick blistered the Brunswick Country Club course with two eagles and six birdies for a 62 (30-32) to earn medalist honors at the Monday qualifier for this week's The McGladrey Classic.
Two-time PGA TOUR winner Paul Stankowski and former Indiana standout Chase Wright both shot 65 to qualify, while Atlanta's Jordan Mitchell got in with a 66 and won a four-way playoff win over Wade Binfield, Bruce McDonald and Bradley Long.
Hamrick, a Montgomery, Ala. native and a former teammate of PGA TOUR member Bud Cauley, has made three of four cuts on the PGA TOUR this year after making his pro debut this summer in this year’s U.S. Open at Olympic, where he finished tied for 46th. He followed up that performance with a T10 in the True South Classic. After earning a Monday qualifier spot into the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, he secured his spot on the weekend and finished 70th. In 2006, a 15-year-old Hamrick was the youngest player in the 2006 U.S. Amateur field.
The 42-year-old Stankowski, a University of Texas-El Paso product in his 21st year as a professional, captured his first career title at the 1996 Bell South Classic in a playoff win over Brandel Chamblee. The following year, Stankowski won the United Airlines Hawaiian Open by topping Jim Furyk and Mike Reid in a playoff. Stankowski has made seven starts on the PGA TOUR in 2012 with four made cuts -- his best outing coming at the True South Classic (T42). He's spent most of his time on the Web.com Tour, where he's made nine cuts in 16 starts.
Wright, a 23-year-old native of Evansville, Ind., finished his collegiate career at Indiana with the fourth-lowest scoring average (73.30) in school history. He is making his PGA TOUR debut this week.
Mitchell, an Atlanta resident who turned professional in 2011, is also making his first PGA TOUR start.
Two-time PGA TOUR winner Paul Stankowski participated in an unique nine-hole challenge Monday set up by a Dallas sports radio station, 1310 The Ticket.
Stankowski had one bad hole, suffering quadruple bogey on the second hole after finding a fairway bunker. Otherwise, he played solid with just the lone club, even making birdie on one par-4 hole after nearly holing out from the fairway for eagle. He said the biggest challenge was on the greens when he used the 6-iron as a putter.
"Every club in my bag worked great except my 6-iron," the good-natured Stankowski joked after the nine holes.
Stankowski will get a chance later this week to play with his full set of clubs when he competes in the Nationwide Tour's United Leasing Championship at Victoria National Golf Club.
With perfect weather for their practice rounds this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, several players have tweeted photos from Pebble Beach. Here’s a sampling:
@geoffogilvy "pretty stunning right now"
@IanJamesPoulter 11th hole at Monterey it's very pretty, 183 yards pure
@angryant1910 No15 at mpcc shore course, awesome back drop
@JimmyWalkerPGA @attpbnproam #pgatour #7
@PaulStankowski This never gets old.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – College football and Game 3 of the World Series were popular topics of conversation for PGA TOUR players in the Twitter world Saturday evening.
Luke Donald, in particular, had a vested interest in Northwestern’s game wit Penn State. After all, the world No. 1 – who will make one last attempt to overtake Webb Simpson for the PGA TOUR money title on Sunday – was supposed to be the honorary captain.
Kevin Chappell, the UCLA product who is tied with Justin Leonard for the lead at 14 under entering the final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, didn’t seem to have a vested interest in any one game.
And Paul Stankowski, who starts the final round at 1 under and 177th on the money list, probably summed up most player’s feelings.
got any good live streaming websites tweeps? Trying to find
NU/Penn St. Not showing it in my hotel in Orlando!
Got it thanks! Looks like NU needs a strong finish, just like
What a great night to watch some football and the WS. Hoping for
some good games.
@Kevin_Chappell nice playing Kevin. Go get it tomorrow
@ArronOberholser thanks man
It's hard 2 believe I've spent 28 of the last 31 days AWAY from
my family.Tonight I'll be HOME! #theOtherSideOfTheDREAMJob
Everybody knows Luke & Webb are paired 2gthr today. 1vs2 on
$list. Brain Gay & I are also paired 2gthr. 1vs2 in Sand Saves!
Oh it's On!!!
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – With a few exceptions, scoring appears to have become more difficult this windswept Thursday afternoon.
Derek Lamely, who won last year’s Puerto Rico Open, has moved into the logjam at 6 under after getting up-and-down for birdie at the par-4 fourth hole. Lamely, who entered the week ranked 188th on the money list but with a year remaining on his exemption from the win, is playing the more difficult Magnolia Course.
So is Kris Blanks and he’s prospering, too. Blanks, who is playing one group behind Lamely and has completed 16 holes, also birdied the fourth and stands 5 under for the tournament.
Over at the Palm Course, Paul Stankowski is 5 under through 15 holes. He started the week ranked No. 137 on the money list.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Patrick Cantlay is on the golf course and still in the lead despite a bogey on the second hole ( click here to follow live with Shot Tracker ), but he now has company with Shane Bertsch and Johnson Wagner also at 12 under.
There’s a group of seven players within two strokes of them, too, including Bo Van Pelt, who just moved to 11 under with a birdie on the fourth hole. Among the group at 10 under are Spencer Levin and Paul Stankowski, both 5 under through 11 and nine holes, respectively.
In other words, there’s plenty of red out there. All week the course has played under par and that continues here in the third round with a scoring average of 67.837 on the par-70 layout.