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Second-Round Notes – The McGladrey Classic 2014

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Second-Round Leaderboard

Russell Henley 68-63—131 (-9) (pictured by Getty Images)
Brendon de Jonge 68-64—132 (-8)
Brian Harman 65-67—132 (-8)
Andrew Svoboda 66-66—132 (-8)

36-Hole Cut

Eighty-eight players at even-par 140 from a field of 132 professionals. By comparison, the largest cut during the 2013-14 Season was 89 (The Greenbrier Classic). With more than 78 players making the 36-hole cut, another cut to the low 70 and ties will take place following the third round.

UGA Notes

There are currently four former University of Georgia stars ranked T10 or better, including tournament leader Russell Henley, Brian Harman (T2), Chris Kirk (T10) and Erik Compton (T10). They are attempting to follow in the footsteps of fellow former Bulldog and 2013-14 McGladrey Classic winner Chris Kirk.

The only Georgia Bulldog alums to win the same PGA TOUR event in back-to-back seasons are Chip Beck (1988) and Tim Simpson (1989) at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Last season University of Georgia graduates won eight events on TOUR; Chris Kirk (2), Bubba Watson (2), Russell Henley, Harris English, Brendon Todd and Brian Harman. Patrick Reed, who played one year at Georgia, won two times.

There have been 10 former Georgia Bulldogs win on the PGA TOUR, led by six-time winner Bubba Watson.

Russell Henley

Russell Henley equaled his career-best round on the PGA TOUR with a 7-under 63 Friday at The McGladrey Classic, moving to a one-stroke lead over Brendon de Jonge, Brian Harman and Andrew Svoboda.

Prior to Friday, Henley’s most recent 63s all came en route to winning the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii (first, second and final rounds).

Henley is making his first start of the season. His first PGA TOUR victory at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii also came in his first start of the season (professional debut on TOUR as well).

Henley owns two victories on the PGA TOUR (2013 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2014 Honda Classic).

Earlier this week, Henley played guitar on stage with Darius Rucker at The McGladrey Classic’s annual “Live Under the Oaks” concert event. He joined the country music superstar on his next-to-last song of the night – “Wagon Wheel”.

Henley is coming off of a season which featured 17 made cuts in 29 starts, including top-10 finishes at The Honda Classic (1st), Deutsche Bank Championship (T2) and the Shell Houston Open (T7). He finished the season a career-best 19th in the FedExCup.

Russell finished T65 in his inaugural McGladrey Classic start in 2013, with rounds of 69-71-71-73.

This week marks the second time Henley has held the 36-hole lead/co-lead. He carried the 36-hole lead on to victory following matching 7-under 63s at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii.

Brendon de Jonge

Brendon de Jonge followed an opening-round 68 with a bogey-free 6-under 64 to move to 8-under at the midway point of The McGladrey Classic. He now owns 13 (out of 18) rounds in the 60s at the event, including closing 5-under 65s the past two seasons.

de Jonge’s only bogey through 36 holes came on the par-4 ninth hole in the first round.

Here’s a look at de Jonge at the McGladrey Classic: 2010 (T15), 2011 (T60), 2012 (T4), 2013 (T16).

To start the 2014-15 season, de Jonge finished T31 at the Frys.com Open and T42 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He has yet to post an over-par round this season.

Tommy Gainey is the only player to record his first TOUR win at the McGladrey Classic.

Andrew Svoboda

Andrew Svoboda posted a second-consecutive 66 and sits one stroke behind tournament leader Russell Henley. He is making his second start at The McGladrey Classic, posting rounds of 68-75 last year to miss the cut.

Svoboda is coming off a T18 at last week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He was also one back at that event through two rounds, sitting behind Russell Knox and Andrew Putnam

Will MacKenzie

Making his 200th career start on the PGA TOUR, Will MacKenzie followed up a 5-under 65 with a second-round 2-under 68 to sit 7-under 133 through two rounds.

MacKenzie at The McGladrey Classic: 2010/T59, 2011/MC, 2013/MC.

Last year, MacKenzie shot rounds of 66-79 to miss the cut at The McGladrey Classic.

MacKenzie is coming off one of his best seasons on TOUR with a career-best five top 10s and a career-best finish in the FedExCup standings (No. 65).

MacKenzie turned in a career-best five top 10s last season, but he has not had one since March at the Valero Texas Open (T2). He missed his next eight cuts and 11 of 14 after finishing a career-best T2 at the Valero Texas Open.

Brian Harman

One day after matching his best round at Sea Island GC with a 65, Brian Harman carded a 3-under 67 and is just one behind tournament-leader and fellow Bulldog Russell Henley.

Harman’s previous finishes at The McGladrey Classic: 2012/T27 and 2013/T10.

Since 2008, the only lefthanders to win on TOUR are Brian Harman, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Ted Potter, Jr. Harman became the 11th lefthander to win on TOUR when he won the John Deere Classic in July.

Harman is making his first start of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. His last event on TOUR was the BMW Championship in early September.

Miscellaneous Notes

Tournament host and “Team McGladrey” member Davis Love II followed an opening-round 1-over 71 with a 2-under 68 to move to T52. Since the event’s 2010 inception, Love finished T33/2010, MC/2011, T4/2012 and MC/2013-14.

Defending McGladrey Classic champion Chris Kirk posted rounds of 68-67 and is T10 through two rounds. Last year he shot rounds of 66-66-68-66.

With rounds of 71-73, “Team McGladrey” member Zach Johnson missed the cut in his fifth start at The McGladrey Classic: T12 in 2010, missed the cut in 2011, was T49 in 2012 and finished T16 last year.

Through the first two events, Tony Finau is the highest ranked rookie in the FedExCup standings at No. 10 (144 points). Finau is currently T41 after turning in rounds of 71-67.

In the first round of The McGladrey Classic, Mark Anderson recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 3rd hole with a 4-iron from 212 yards. As the Official Mortgage Sponsor of the PGA TOUR, Quicken Loans will award one year’s worth of mortgage payments to John Jones of Gastonia, N.C. to commemorate Anderson’s ace.

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Mark Wilson (67), Chris Kirk (68)
R2: Brendon de Jonge (64), Justin Leonard (65), Fabian Gomez (66), Bill Haas (66), Charles Howell III (66), Justin Thomas (66), William McGirt (67), Johnson Wagner (69)

Scoring Averages at the par-70 Seaside Course:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 34.864 35.000 69.864 —
R2: 34.878 34.786 69.664 69.764

The cumulative scoring average in 2012 was 69.281 and in 2013-14 it was 70.255.

McGladrey LLP, the leading U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, which has sponsored The McGladrey Classic since its inception in 2010, announced Wednesday that they have extended their sponsor commitment by five years, through 2020.

Source: PGA TOUR

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