Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion whose last TOUR victory came at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship, carded a 5-under 67 Friday to take a one-shot lead over Boo Weekley at the halfway point of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
D.A. Points is alone in third at 10 under while Morgan Hoffmann and Ernie Els checked in at 8 and 9 under respectively following Friday play.
Glover had three bogeys on his scorecard Friday but bounced back with birdies to follow each one. He finished his round with an 18-foot birdie conversion that got him to his 12-under 132 total.
Former champion Bubba Watson rebounded from his opening 73 with a 7-under 65 -- the day’s best round -- to move inside the top 15 on the leaderboard. Watson bogeyed the first and made the turn at 1 under but added birdies on Nos. 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18 to card his impressive number.
Friday’s spotlight, however, may have belonged to 14-year-old amateur Guan Tianlang. After making the cut two weeks ago at the Masters Tournament, Guan matched the feat in New Orleans, carding a 3-under 69 Friday to enter the weekend tied for 57th.
The cut came at 3 under with 71 players finishing at that number or better. Among those missing out on weekend play were Cameron Tringale (-2), Ben Crane (-2), Keegan Bradley (-1), Mike Weir (E) and Jordan Spieth (+1).