For Briny Baird, Friday was a very enjoyable round of golf – with "not too much to worry about," he said.
Guess not when you make birdie on five of your first seven holes. Baird, who is searching for his first win in his 11th year on TOUR, went on to shoot a 65 that left him at 8 under and two strokes off the lead.
"I actually got off to a really good start," said Baird, whose birdie putts came from 2, 22, 13, 3 and 14 feet. "Made some putts, hit some good shots, and then I think it finally caught up with me. I wasn't playing or scoring particularly well, so to get in with 5 under, I was pleased."
Baird didn't want to say that the Old White Course played easy in the second round, but it basically did. The greens are soft so well-played iron shots are rewarded, and the wind was essentially non-existent in the early going.
"You get a golf course like this with benign conditions like that, there's gonna be some low scores," Baird said simply.
Like so many of the rest of the PGA TOUR pros, Baird has been impressed with the crowd support. Fans have come out in abundance even during the practice rounds, and the weekend is sure to bring even bigger galleries.
"I'm not surprised that the resort is nice; everybody told me how great the resort was," Baird said. "I'm a little surprised with the amount of people out here. It's awesome.
"I think it shows how hungry West Virginia was for a tournament." – Helen Ross