Bobby Gates was a latecomer to the top of the leaderboard Thursday, and he’s still up there -- in a tie for second at the moment -- through the first seven holes of his second round.
Part of the morning wave, Gates is hoping to take advantage of soft conditions after storms rolled through the area earlier. He’s already well ahead of how he played the last three weeks when he missed the cut each time.
“I've been struggling lately. Just been really close and haven't made it, haven't really got any momentum going,” Gates said Thursday. “So my new goal this week is just to keep [momentum from the first round] going. Keep thinking about hitting it like I've been hitting it. It hasn't really been rewarded lately, so hopefully this week will be the start of it.
"I hit it really close all day. I played really well, but I left a lot out there. I could have been really good. Hopefully, I'll capitalize on that the rest of the week."