Kyle Stanley Forges to the Lead at the Honda
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida - The weather didn’t improve that much on day two of the Honda Classic at the Champions Course of PGA National but the scores sure did.
Rory Sabbatini tied the course record with a 64 to finish one shot behind Kyle Stanley who carded a four under par 66 to go with his two under from Thursday. Sabbatini was as surprised as anyone with his round, “Well, after the way I struggled yesterday and just trying to get in at 1-over, I tell you what, I wasn't exactly looking forward to getting out there today. I knew the conditions were going to be tough and they were expecting maybe even a little tougher than yesterday. You know, crazy things happen. Put the ball in the right spots a few times and make a couple of putts, and all of a sudden you stop worrying about everything and you just start trying to make some more birdies. “
Stanley, a Clemson grad from Washington state is enjoying success in his first year on Tour with a high finish in last week’s Mayakoba Classic and now leading going into the weekend at the Honda, “I'm playing well. I feel like I've been playing well all year but haven't quite put four good rounds together, but I'm getting better and that's the main thing.”
Is Stanley hoping the wind stays up for the weekend? “I like playing these conditions. I think it kind of really brings a feel aspect into it and you kind of have to use your instincts and feel. I enjoy doing that, so I'd like to see the wind stay up a little bit. But you know, everybody is playing the same golf course. So we'll see, we'll see what it does.”
Behind Stanley and Sabbatini is Charl Schwartzel, who shot one under to go with his first round of two under. Four golfers are tied at -2; Ricky Barnes, Jerry Kelley, Stuart Appleby and Tommy Gainey who shot -3 on Thursday. Five others are at one under, Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland, Y. E. Yang, Lee Westwood and first round leader Spencer Levin who carded a two over 72.
The cut was at plus 6 and some big names hit the road including defending champ Camilo Villegas who backed up his first round 79 with a 78. Joining him were Adam Scott, Mike Weir, Anthony Kim, Vijay Singh and Angel Cabrera.
Second Round Leaders:
1) Kyle Stanley (USA) 68-66 (134, -6)
2) Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 71-64 (135, -5)
3) Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68-69 (137, -3)
4) Ricky Barnes (USA) 70-68 (138, -2)
Jerry Kelly (USA) 71-67
Stuart Appleby (AUS) 68-70
Tommy Gainey (USA) 71-67
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