After two rounds at the Greenbrier Classic, U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson is in the lead at nine-under par overall. He finished the second round at four-under par 66 and took the lead on a birdie on the 18th hole.
Tied for second is Jonathan Byrd, Charlie Beljan, Jeff Maggert, Martin Flores and Jerry Kelly at eight-under par. Beljan and Byrd were co-leaders following the morning rounds.
Simpson said he is kind of surprised how well he is playing so recently after the open.
"I think the way I played — or the schedule I’ve played has helped," said Simpson. "Playing right after [the open] was a good thing and then you having a week off to kind of regroup was great… I think we’ve done a good job with the schedule."
Both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to make the cut. Woods shot even in the tournament. Mickelson missed the cut for the second consecutive year shooting plus-two overall. This is the first time since 1992 that neither Woods or Mickelson made the cut in the same tournament.
((Below is Weeb Simpson’s Press Conference))
Beljan carded nine birdies enroute to a second round 62, while Byrd fired a two-under par 68. In the afternoon round, Maggert shot two-under par 68 and Kelly shot four-under 66.
Flores will complete his round on Saturday. Play was been suspended due to darkness and will resume in the morning. He completed 16 holes.
The second round was delayed for two and a half hours because of rain.
Being this high up the leader board is new territory for Beljan. The 27-year-old Mesa, Arizona native is 208th in the FedExCup standings and has finished no higher than 29th this season. Friday was his first trip to the media room.
"I’ve only ever watched it TV," said Beljan.
((Below is Beljan’s Complete Press Conference))
On Thursday Beljan shot even par 70 with two birdies and two bogeys, but he had the hot hand Friday, finishing the day with nine birdies and one bogey.
"It’s my career low round," Beljan said. "I’m looking forward to the weekend. It’s really going to be a zoo."
Meanwhile, for Byrd it’s a relief not only to be in contention, but also to be feeling better. Byrd became ill several weeks ago with an upper respiratory ailment that has lingered.
"Today I felt a little better on the golf course physically," said Byrd, who had five birdies Friday. "I was proud of the way I finished."
Byrd is a 2000 graduate of Clemson and a football fan, but he said no one here has given him grief about West Virginia’s 70-33 win over the Tigers in the Orange Bowl.
"It’s good that you brought that up," said Byrd. "My brother early this week said we kind of need to keep the Clemson thing on the down-low after that bowl game, but everyone’s been really kind."
- J.B. Holmes, -7 overall, T7
- John Daly, -5 overall, T14
- Kenny Perry, -4 overall, T23
- Scott Stallings (Defending Champion), -3, T36
- Vijay Singh (Round One Leader), -3, T36
- Justin Thomas (Amateur), -2, T52
- Tom Watson (Greenbrier Pro Emeritus), -2 T52
- Jim Furyk, E, T78 [CUT]
- Stuart Appleby (2010 GC Champion), +3, T107 [CUT]
- Boo Weekley, +4, T121 [CUT]