Two straight 66s have veteran Kendall up by two in Louisiana

March 23, 2007
By John Bush PGA TOUR Staff

BROUSSARD, La. -- PGA TOUR veteran Skip Kendall fired a 5-under-par 66 for the second consecutive day to move to the top of the leaderboard at the $500,000 Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by Dynamic Industries.

Stat Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total Rank
Eagles 1 0 1 T1
Birdies 3 5 8 T33
Pars 14 13 27 T7
Bogeys 0 0 0 N/A
Double Bogeys 0 0 0 N/A
Other 0 0 0 N/A
Driving Accuracy 92% 69% 80.8% T2
Driving Distance 279.5 yds. 285.5 yds. 282.5 yds. 65
Greens in Regulation 83% 78% 80.6% T5
Putts per Round 29 28 28.5 T28
Putts per GIR 1.733 1.714 1.724 T25
Sand Saves 0 100% 100% T1

Kendall notched his second consecutive bogey-free round to move to 10-under 132, two strokes ahead of Brenden Pappas (74), Aaron Watkins (68) and Tom Byrum (67).

"I have no complaints shooting 66s two days in a row," said Kendall, who has Nationwide Tour wins at the 1994 Inland Empire Open and 1994 Carolina Classic. "I'm not doing anything unbelievably well. I'm just hitting fairways and greens and taking advantage of the opportunities I have."

Kendall moved to the top of the standings by wiping out a six-stroke deficit at the beginning of the day to first-round leader Pappas -- who was battling the flu throughout the round. Highlighting his five birdies were 12-footers at Nos. 7 and 16 and an 18-footer at the par-4 second hole.

"I played solid today," said Kendall, who hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation. "I made some good putts that kept the round going. But I'm veteran enough to know that thinking about a win after two days is kind of crazy."

Kendall, a 42-year-old native of Milwaukee, Wis., is hoping to regain his PGA TOUR status after finishing No. 157 on the money list in 2006. Despite falling short in his bid to win a tournament on TOUR since his rookie season in 1993, Kendall has amassed nearly $8 million in earnings and has four runner-up finishes among his 24 career top-10 finishes.

"I'm playing better (this year) but there is really no difference in strategy," said Kendall, who in four PGA TOUR starts in 2007 posted a season-best T9 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. "Last year was pretty much self-inflicted."

After a course-record 11-under 60, Pappas turned in a scorecard with 14 additional strokes following the second round -- including four consecutive bogeys on Nos. 14-17.

"This is not easy to swallow," said Pappas, who managed to hit only nine of 18 greens in regulation. "I did good until No. 14 of maintaining a respectable score today, but four holes later the whole field is back in the lead. But I don't think I've ever sniffed 2 under on this track for two days so I'm still six shots to the good. This will motivate me to buckle down and do some damage on the weekend."

Second Round News & Notes: The cut came at 1-under-par 141 with a Tour-record 81 players advancing to the weekend. The previous largest cut involved 80 players at the 2001 Boise Open and the 2004 Cox Classic ... The beginning of the second round was delayed for 20 minutes due to fog ... Skip Kendall and Aaron Watkins both extended their bogey-free streak to 36 holes ... Larry Mize, winner of the 1987 Masters Tournament, stayed at 5 under after an even-par 71 on Friday. He is currently tied for 12th place, five shots behind Kendall ... The scoring average for the second round was 71.340, with the par-4 13th-hole ranking the toughest at 4.486. The par-5 fifth-hole was the easiest at 4.597 ... Two of the three past champions of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open participating this week will make the cut, including Paul Claxton (3-under 139) and Jimmy Walker (1-under 141). Ryan Hietala, winner of the 2005 Chitimacha Louisiana Open, finished 7-over 149 to miss the cut here for the third time in seven starts ... The second-round leader at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open has gone on to win four times in the previous 15 years of the tournament, including R.W. Eaks in 1993, Bill Porter in 1994, Joe Daley in 1997 and John Wilson in 1998 ... In 2007, the Tour has yet to have a second-round leader go on to victory in three previous attempts.

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