Date: November 09, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Kirk edges clear at McGladrey Classic

Former Sea Island resident Chris Kirk has taken a one-shot lead at the McGladrey Classic as the event was again suspended early for bad light. Kirk was one of the players to finish his second round on Friday, shooting his second consecutive four-under 66 to move to eight under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of fellow Americans Kevin Chappell, Briny Baird and Webb Simpson, plus Australia&aposs John Senden. Eighteen players were left stranded out on the course, however, when play was suspended due to the growing darkness in Georgia, with South Korea&aposs Seung-Yul Noh the best-placed of those at five-under overall through 14 holes. Noh had posted two birdies and two bogeys to remain on even par when play was called off for the day, while Daniel Summerhays (three under through 16), Robert Karlsson (two under through 16) and Brendon Todd (two under through 15) will resume their second rounds at four under overall. After the opening day at the Seaside Course on Sea Island ended early due to poor light, overnight leader George McNeill completed his first round with a pair of pars to remain top of the leaderboard heading into the second round. Another 49 players joined McNeill on the course early to finish their first rounds and with winds gusting at over 40 kilometres per hour, it was tough going. Kirk, who used to live on Sea Island, seemed unfazed, however, with the 28-year-old recovering from a bogey on his opening hole – the par-four 10th to register five birdies on the back nine. Another bogey and birdie followed on the front nine as Kirk finished with a round of 66, while Chappell (68), Baird (70), Simpson (68) and Senden (67) all kept the pressure on the leader. Jason Kokrak was one of the big movers on Friday, carding a five-under 65, including an eagle on the 15th and a birdie on the 18th to finish, to move into a share of sixth at six under alongside American compatriots Scott Brown and Ted Potter Jr, plus South Africa&aposs Tim Clark. McNeill had a terrible second round, carding five consecutive bogeys to start the back nine and finish with a six-over 76 to fall six shots behind Kirk.