Date: April 27, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Glover holds lead in New Orleans

Lucas Glover birdied his final hole to take a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday. Australian Matt Jones (71) was one of 12 players at six under heading into the third round. American Glover, who is searching for his first PGA Tour win since 2011, sunk an 18-foot birdie at the last hole for a round of 67 and sole possession of top spot on 12 under. “I&aposve been hitting it good for a couple months and finally started making some putts,” Glover said at the TPC of Louisiana. “I mean, I was hitting it as good as I can hit it but at the same time, if you putt poorly…” Compatriot Boo Weekley ended the round in second position after carding a four-under-par 68, while DA Points was a further shot back following his 68. Glover, winner of the 2009 US Open, made a blistering start to the second round, birding four of his first five holes. The 33-year-old sunk a four-foot birdie to open the round, before putting his second at the very next hole. Glover bogeyed at the third but bounced back with birdie putts at the fourth and fifth as he surged to the top of the leaderboard. Morgan Hoffmann and four-time Major winner Ernie Els both shot rounds of 69 to be at nine and eight under respectively. Brian Davis (69), Jerry Kelly (67), Justin Rose (69), Jeff Maggert (67), Bobby Gates (70) and Doug LaBelle II (67) were five strokes behind the leader at the close of play. Meanwhile, overnight leader Ricky Barnes dropped to tied for 36th on four under following a dismal round of 76 that included two bogeys and a double-bogey.