ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- For the second straight day play was suspended due to darkness with players still on the golf course at The McGladrey Classic, where the horn sounded at 5:38 p.m. ET.
Chris Kirk leads at 8 under after a second straight 66.
Four others, including Webb Simpson, are a stroke back.
The second round will resume at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday with 18 players still to finish.
The cut is currently at 1 over with 71 players at that number or better.
As the wind picked up Friday at Sea Island, so did the scores.
Gusts were between 25 and 30 mph and the scoring average soared to more than two strokes over par.
Not that it seemed to affect Kirk much. The former Sea Island resident who now lives in Atlanta but still keeps a home here looked comfortable in the difficult conditions.
He chipped in for birdie on one hole, made a 40-footer for birdie on another and added a long par save en route to a 31 over his first nine holes.
Then he weathered, well, the weather, making one birdie and one bogey over his final nine.
"I've played this course hundreds of times," said Kirk, who made four birdies in a five-hole stretch at one point Friday. "I've seen every wind direction, every wind strength. You know how well you gotta play to shoot a good score, but at least there's no surprises, you know exactly what to expect."
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Webb Simpson said the PGA TOUR's new wrap-around schedule will take some getting used to.
So far, he seems to have adjusted to it quite well.
Last month Simpson won in Las Vegas, and through two rounds of The McGladrey Classic he's near the top of the leaderboard after a 2-under 68 Friday.
"I like the venues we've played at," Simpson said. "But certainly playing well in Vegas is going to let me play a little lighter schedule, I think, starting the new year on the West Coast."
For now, Simpson is focused on his week at Sea Island, where he's just a stroke off the lead heading into the weekend.
Despite a windswept day where gusts regularly ranged between 25 and 30 mph, Simpson made three birdies and just one bogey.
"Before I played I would take anything under par," said Simpson, who lost in a playoff here two years ago. "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."
So too has been Simpson's start to the new season.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. --For the second straight day Matt Kuchar shot a 2-under 68 at Sea Island Golf Club.
The best part of it? Just finishing.
"I'm excited to get back on the couch and watch some guys struggle in these conditions," said Kuchar, who is 4 under through the first two rounds.
Those conditions including wind that whipped between 25 and 30 mph throughout the morning and into the afternoon.
"Last night I can remember trying to get as much golf in before darkness knowing that today's forecast was windy," he continued. "Driving is such a challenge, but I think the most challenging thing of all is putting when you got wind gusting as hard as it is doing right now. And then you throw in some slope and some grain and it gets really testing."
With the course playing 3 strokes over par, Kuchar certainly passed the test.
He hit all but three fairways as well as 14 greens in regulation on his way to three birdies and no bogeys.
"You don't hit a standard shot," Kuchar said. "There's no standard 6‑iron shots. Everything is either held or worked into the wind or knocked down.
"There will be no practicing, no hitting balls, no putting. It is straight back to the couch and enjoy watching guys have to play in these conditions."
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, especially when the wind is blowing 25 to 30 mph.
Kevin Chappell was happy to just get his round over with early, and he was just as pleased with his 2-under 68 to take the early clubhouse lead halfway through The McGladrey Classic.
"You hit some not‑so‑perfect shots and get some bad breaks with the wind gusting and you get exposed really quickly," he said. "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."
Chappell recovered from a 3-over start in his first three holes, making four birdies, an eagle and just one bogey the rest of the round to get to 7 under and the clubhouse lead.
With most of the second round still to go, a slim lead might otherwise not stand up. But with the wind whipping across Sea Island Golf Club, Friday has been a different story so far.
Chappell's only mistake was watching Brian Harman hit his approach shot on the third hole.
"The wind is blowing hard in and off to the right, so he draws back, steps into it, ball flies pretty straight," Chappell said. "That was pretty impressive. I draw it right‑handed. Wind gusts like right at impact, ball gets riding up in the air and gets left of the green."
The ball went into a hazard short and left of the green and Chappell never found it. He went on to make double bogey.
The rest of the round, however, the ball seemed to bounce his way.
"Any time you judge the wind correctly and you hit some iron shots close, I think there's some luck involved," Chappell said. "I hit two perfect shots on that par‑5, 15, and you know, I made a 25‑footer down the hill (for eagle). It was kind of sitting on the right edge and the wind blows and the ball falls in the hole. That's lucky."
Chappell said he couldn't recall two days more different following an opening round that was completely benign with no wind.
"It always could be better, but you know, the goal on a day like today when you're in the lead is to not play yourself out of it," he said.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Jerry Kelly and Kris Blanks each withdrew from The McGladrey Classic after completing their opening round Friday morning.
Kelly, who shot 75, cited a back injury, while Blanks, who carded a 74, pulled out with an injured shoulder.
Blanks missed all of last year while recovering from surgery on the same shoulder. This was his second start of the new 2013-14 season.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The opening round of The McGladrey Classic was completed Friday at 9:03 a.m. ET.
George McNeill finished off an 8-under 62 with a pair of pars over his final two holes for a one-shot lead over Briny Baird and Brian Gay -- then went right back out to start his second round.
There were 50 players who failed to finish the first round, which was delayed nearly 2 hours by fog.
Friday didn't feature any fog, but the wind has picked up significantly. After being practically non-existent Thursday, it is gusting in the 25-30 mph.