By Rusty Hampton, Special to PGATOUR.COM
MADISON, Miss. -- After storms drenched Annandale Golf Club Thursday, forcing the resumption of the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to be postponed until Friday, the second round got under way late Friday morning, four hours behind schedule. And with more rain predicted for Friday afternoon, officials put the preferred lies rules into effect, allowing players to clean mud off their golf balls in the fairway.
Kevin Kisner, who finished Round 1 with 11 holes Friday morning and moved into a tie for second place with a 7-under 65, two shots behind Daniel Summerhays, said the course wasn’t as soggy as he expected but it was wet enough.
“There’s plenty of mud balls, so you gotta watch out for those,” said Kisner, a Web.com Tour member this year and past PGA TOUR member who has played here before.
“Yesterday was the first time I ever played it when it was dry,” Kisner said, smiling. “So it was different for me yesterday than any other day. Today was back to the normal Annandale I’m used to.”
Summerhays, who shot a bogey-free 9-under 63 Thursday morning, isn’t scheduled to tee off until 4:52 p.m. ET Friday. Kisner and Kyle Reifers, another Web.com Tour member, made the biggest run at Summerhays’ lead while finishing their opening rounds on Friday, with both firing 7-under 65s to get within two shots of the lead.
Kisner and Reifers were both alternates who got into the field on Wednesday, when others withdrew. Kisner was the last alternate to get in; Reifers was next-to-last.
Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, still recovering from neck surgery, shot 1-under 71. The former PGA Championship winner was in the tournament’s premier pairing, with former Masters champ Mike Weir (72) and former PGA Championship winner David Toms (70). The cut (low 70s and ties) is projected at even par.