Friday roundup: After 66, Swafford enjoys New Orleans
Avondale, La. — Hudson Swafford didn't want to dwell on the pressure of the high-stakes weekend that awaits him.
Tied for the Zurich Classic lead after a 6-under 66 on Friday in the suspended second round, the 2011 Georgia graduate was eager to meet some college friends from New Orleans and take advantage of being in Louisiana during crawfish season.
"I'm probably going to eat some mud bugs with my wife, some crawfish downtown, just walk around," said easygoing Southerner, winless on the PGA Tour.
"Got to see the sights here and take in the good food."
Boo Weekley also was tied for the lead at 11 under when play was suspended ay at TPC Louisiana because of the threat of severe thunderstorms.
Weekley, tied for first-round lead after a 64, had three holes left.
Jason Day, ranked sixth in the world, was 5 under for the round through 14 holes, pulling him into a five-way tie for third at 10 under with Brandon de Jonge, Cameron Tringale, former Zurich champion Jerry Kelly and Daniel Berger.
Tringale had a 65, and de Jonge shot 70. Kelly was on the 18th green when play was stopped, and Berger had three holes left.
Brian Stuard (Jackson) was 3 under through 17 holes and is 6 under.
De Jonge, from Zimbabwe, was the co-leader after the first round and might have remained atop the leaderboard had he not narrowly missed several putts. But he was briefly tied for the lead again late in his morning round when he hit his tee shot within a few feet of the pin on the par-3 17th and made his birdie putt.
He narrowly missed another birdie putt on 18.
"I gave myself a lot of chances," de Jonge said. "I just didn't make any putts."
De Jonge, who has more than 220 PGA Tour starts without a victory, is well aware that seven of the past 10 Zurich Classics have concluded with first-time Tour winners, and hopes to continue that trend.
"Obviously, I would like to win and get the monkey off your back," he said.
"But when it's your time, it will be your time."
The field remained tightly packed with birdies seemingly harder to come by on Friday. Many players cited a combination of wind, soggy turf from recent rains and thick, swampy air as reasons the course to play even longer than usual.
Six players were tied for eighth, just two shots off the lead.
They were Chad Campbell, Morgan Hoffman, Steven Bowditch, Justin Thomas, Chris Stroud and David Hearn.
Seven more players were at eight under, including Marc Leishman, who returned to the PGA Tour this weekend after taking a month off from golf to tend to family when his wife became gravely ill.
With his wife, Audrey, recovering, Leishman came to New Orleans saying he just wanted to "knock off some rust."
He did a lot better than that and is now in line for a nice pay-day, given officials were estimating the cut line at four under.
Former Ohio State teammates John Cook and Joey Sindelar shot a 10-under 60 in better-ball play to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Ridgedale, Missouri.
The teams of Jay Don Blake-David Frost and Mark Brooks-John Huston were tied for second at 61.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson shot a tournament-record 7-under 65 and the 17-year-old took the lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in Daly City, California.
Na Yeon Choi was two strokes back after a 68.
Woods in Players
Tiger Woods has added The Players Championship to his schedule. Woods won The Players the last time he played in 2013.
He missed last year while recovering from back surgery.