Percy holds two-shot lead with 36 holes to go near D.C.Cameron Percy had six birdies and two bogeys in the second round of the Melwood Prince George's County Open.June 06, 2009
Kin Lo, PGA TOUR Staff
MITCHELLVILLE, Md. -- After a day and a half off due to inclement weather, the skies cleared over the nation's capital on Saturday and play resumed at the Melwood Prince George's County Open. Cameron Percy of Australia is the 36-hole leader by two strokes at 12 under for the tournament. Tom Scherrer is at 10 under and Oskar Bergman of Sweden is at 9 under.
Play was suspended midway through the first round on Thursday and did not restart until Saturday morning. The day began at 7:30 a.m. with 75 players finishing their first rounds. The second round commenced at 9 a.m. and was completed at 8:50 p.m. The field was cut after Saturday's second round to 68 players at 3 under par or better. The difference between the leader and the cut line was nine strokes. There were 19 players that made the cut on the number at 3-under-par 141.
The third and fourth rounds will be played on Sunday. To ensure completion of 36 holes, players will start on the first and 10th tees in threesomes at 7 a.m. Groupings will remain the same for both rounds.
Percy was among the golfers able to complete his first round on Thursday morning. He got off to a strong start in Saturday's second round with birdies on the first two holes.
"I came to practice this morning and felt like I lost all of my rhythm. I thought -- oh boy, here we go," he remarked about the long delay between rounds. "But I got off to a nice start which helped. I actually played well on the back too, but just didn't make any putts."
Percy finished with a 32-36 for a 4-under-par 68. He is anticipating the long day ahead of him on Sunday.
"You have to conserve energy. It's quite humid out here, so I'm going to try and rest tonight and get a good night's sleep," he said. "It's going to be a long day and you're inevitably going to hit some poor shots here and there. You just have to be patient and take advantage of your opportunities."
After a 6-under-par 66 in the first round, current Nationwide Tour money leader Michael Sim recorded a 1-under 71. He is currently tied for seventh at 7 under, five shots off the lead. Sim is looking for his third win of the season and an instant promotion to the PGA TOUR.
It was mostly cloudy Saturday morning with sunshine in the afternoon and temperatures into the high 70s. More sunny weather is expected on Sunday with light winds and temperatures in the mid 80s.
• Jeff Curl posted the low round of the day with an 8-under 64, one stroke shy of the course record of 63 set by Ricky Barnes in 2008. Curl started the second round tied for 65th at even par and is now tied for fourth. His round included four birdies and two eagles on the par-5 sixth and 18th holes.
• Tournament officials again implemented a local rule that allowed players to lift, clean and replace their ball in closely-mown areas through the green (areas cut to fairway height or less).
• Scoring averages for The Country Club at Woodmore: Round 1 -- 72.1 Round 2 -- 70.4 Cumulative -- 71.3