Madison, MS (Sports Network) - Billy Horschel fired a 9-under 63 on Friday to
take the clubhouse lead at the True South Classic, which has been suspended
due to darkness.
The tournament has been plagued by bad weather so far. A dangerous weather
situation forced play to be stopped Thursday afternoon, and it never resumed.
Even after the first round got back underway Friday morning, play was halted
again -- this time for 63 minutes -- because of weather.
The first round was finally completed early Friday afternoon, after the second
round had gotten under way.
But with the tournament so backed up, round two will need to be completed
Saturday. Play is set to Resume at 8:30 a.m. (ET)..
Horschel excelled Friday, when he played 31 1/2 holes. He carded two eagles
and no bogeys during his second round, which got him to 13-under-par 131.
"I hit it really good, there's no doubt about it," Horschel said. "I made some
putts. I'll tell you what. I'm not lying to you guys out there. There's five
putts out there that should have went in. So I shot 9-under. It should have
Even without those extra putts, he holds a one-stroke lead over Matt
Bettencourt, who finished off a 6-under 66 on Friday morning before following
it with another 66 to get to minus-12.
Jason Bohn is also minus-12 through nine holes.
Steven Bowditch is fourth in the clubhouse at 11-under 133. He carded a 5-
under 67 during his second round at Annandale Golf Club.
J.J. Killeen is 10-under through 12 holes in his second round.
Defending champion Chris Kirk played 29 holes Friday and turned in a good
performance. He had already reached minus-4 through seven holes before
Thursday's suspension, and bogeyed his second hole Friday.
But birdies at 16 and 18 sent him into the second round at minus-5, and he
carded a 4-under 68 that included an eagle. He is four strokes behind Horschel
at minus-9, along with Chris Stroud (66) and Gary Christian (68). Jason Gore
is nine-under through eight holes and Bud Cauley is also minus-nine through
Horschel began his second round on the 10th tee and got to minus-6 thanks to
birdies at 11 and 13. After a birdie at 17, he rolled in a five-footer for
eagle at the par-5 18th.
The 25-year-old then birdied the fourth before making his second eagle of the
round. At the par-5 fifth, he made a 10-foot putt to reach 12-under.
Horschel closed his round in style, with a birdie at the last. He has put
himself in contention to win his first PGA Tour event during a season without
many top results. His best finish was a tie for fourth at the Stadion Classic
at UGA, a Web.com Tour event.
Bettencourt began his second round on the first tee and started hot, with
three birdies in his first five holes getting him to minus-9. He stumbled to
bogey at eight and 10, but made up for the mistakes with a strong close to his
He made birdies at 12, 14 and 15 before a bogey at the next hole knocked him
back to minus-9. But Bettencourt birdied 17, then drained a 54-foot eagle try
at the last.
Gavin Coles (68), Heath Slocum (67), Rocco Mediate (69) and Paul Stankowski
(70) all got through their second rounds and are tied at minus-8. Scott
Stallings is halfway through his round at eight-under.
NOTES: The cut is projected to fall at 3-under 141. Among those who will miss
it are Will MacKenzie (144) and Mike Weir (149).
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