With Rory McIlroy still on the course, Ryan Palmer birdied the 18th to take the clubhouse lead at seven-under par. Palmer grinded his way to a one-under 70, and is in an ideal position for the weekend.
After the round, Palmer spoke to TNT’s Vince Cellini. “It was tough for a few holes. My short game was unbelievable on the front nine. It saved me, and then a great birdie on seven,” Palmer said. “To grind the way I did, I missed some fairways coming in, and James [Palmer’s caddy] said, ‘let’s hit the last three fairways and see what we get.’ And then I birdied 17 and 18, which was awesome finishing.”
He added, “Just to get a round under-par, I feel like this could have been my worst round, and it was under-par. That was huge. I knew it was going to be a grind, and I was able to survive.”
The players in the morning wave have been dealing with rain and mud balls. The course is playing softer, but overall, the conditions are more difficult than the first round.
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