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Clark, Armour share lead in Bermuda

Field Level Media
31 Oct 2020, 09:19 GMT+10

Wyndham Clark recorded his second consecutive eagle on the par-5 second hole at Port Royal Golf Course on Friday en route to a 3-under 68 and share of the lead at the Bermuda Championship in Southampton.

The 26-year-old Clark, holding the lead for the first time on Tour, survived wind gusts thatreached up to 30 mph to stand tied with Ryan Armour at 8 under, 134 total, at the midway point in Bermuda. Clark reached 10 under before closing bogey, bogey, par on his final three holes.

"We all were hitting 6- and 5-irons into a par 3 from 160, and I missed about a 5-footer," Clark said about his bogey at No. 8. "It's bound to happen. If I didn't bogey those, it would be one of the best rounds of my career. But it's pretty hard to play a round with 30 mph wind and not make any bogeys.

"I'm not looking at those last two bogeys," he said. "I'm up there in contention, and that's all that matters."

Armour, who opened with a 64 and finished tied for eighth in last year's inaugural Bermuda Championship, posted a 1-under 70 that included four birdies and three bogeys. The 44-year-old Ohio native is chasing his second career Tour victory in his 189th start and looks to join Stewart Cink and Sergio Garcia as players in their 40s to win this season.

"Today was really hard," said Armour, who won the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship. "We didn't know whether to say get up, get down, what to tell it. We couldn't judge the distance very well and we had some balls going sideways out there and my ball doesn't usually go sideways. And it would just get up in the wind and it would go 20 yards further left or right than you wanted it to."

Rounding out the top five are Kramer Hickock (second-round 68) in third place at 7 under, and Ollie Schniederjans (70) and Doc Redman (71) are tied for fourth at 6 under.

Despite being seven shots back, 64-year-old Fred Funk, an eight-time PGA winner making his 650th PGA start, shot 72 on Friday to make his first 36-hole cut on tour since the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii (T74). Funk, grouped with son, Taylor, finished with a birdie, par, birdie -- including a chip-in on his 36th hole (No. 9) -- to join Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players 64 and older to make the cut in a PGA Tour event since 1970.

Fred Funk was tied for 36th with a 1-under 141 after two rounds.

"This guy is pretty damn good for an old guy," said Taylor Funk, who shot 81 and was one of nine players who shot in the 80s on Friday.

"He fought back and he made the cut, and not many 64-year-olds can do that in the world. It was fun to watch him play."

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat was the only player without a bogey in Round 2. He fired a 5-under 66 that included a stretch of three straight birdies on Nos. 12-14. Aphibarnrat is tied for sixth at 5 under, along with Americans Denny McCarthy (67), Scott Piercy (70) and first-round leader Peter Malnati (74), England's Luke Donald (68) and Canada's Roger Sloan (70).

The projected cut was 1-over 143 when play was suspended Friday with 11 players left to finish their round. Defending champion Brendon Todd shot 71-75 (4-over) and missed the cut.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson withdrew Friday with a foot injury.

--Field Level Media

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