By Rusty Hampton, Special to PGATOUR.COM
MADISON, Miss. – Five players were in the clubhouse tied for the lead and four more were one shot back Friday when darkness brought a halt to the second round of the storm-plagued Sanderson Farms Championship.
Fifty-nine players, including first-round leader Daniel Summerhays, were still on the course when play was stopped at Annandale Golf Club. They will complete their second rounds Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. local time.
Vaughn Taylor (67-67), Fabian Gomez (70-64), Paul Stankowski (66-68), Troy Matteson (67-67) and Kyle Reifers (65-69) finished their second rounds and were tied at 10 under.
Summerhays, who fired a bogey-free 9-under 63 Thursday morning, bogeyed his first hole Friday afternoon but recovered to get to 10 under through eight holes when play was stopped.
Storms that drenched the course on Thursday threw the tournament off schedule. A two-hour lightning delay on Friday added to the trouble. Some players were forced to play as many as 36 holes on Friday. Many others played extra holes on another steamy, 90-degree day.
Stankowski, a two-time TOUR winner in the 1990s who has struggled the last six years, played 30 holes Friday. Asked about his day, he had two answers.
“Well, it was long,” he said. “And it was hot. But it was a good day.”
It was that way for a lot of guys.
With the lift, clean and place rule in effect for the second round, players took dead aim at the rain-softened greens. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III made his share of birdies, five each round, but ran into so much trouble on two holes that he stands at just 3 under (71-70) heading into the third round.
Love made triple bogeys on the easiest (par-5 fifth) and most difficult (par-4 14th) holes, but hung in there and stuck his second shot on the par-4 ninth (his final hole) to 3 feet and rolled in the birdie putt to reach 3 under -- right on the projected cut line heading into Saturday.