Glover leads; Guan makes Zurich Classic cut

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AVONDALE, La. — Lucas Glover made an 18-foot birdie putt on his final hole Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Boo Weekley after the second round of the Zurich Classic.

Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open winner, shot 5-under-par 67 to reach 12-under at TPC Louisiana.

“I’ve been hitting it good for a couple months and finally started making some putts,” Glover said. “I mean, I was hitting it as good as I can hit it. But at the same time, if you putt poorly. ...”

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, followed his opening 72 with 69 to finish at-3 under and make the cut. He tied for 58th two weeks ago in the Masters Tournament after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National, and said Thursday that he will play in a U.S. Open qualifier in two weeks in Dallas.

“I think I played a very good round today,” Guan said. “I made a lot of birdies and a couple of good up and downs.”

Weekley had 68. He holed out with a wedge from 105 yards for an eagle on the par-4 10th, his first hole of the round.

“I couldn’t tell it went in because it’s got a little bit of an upper lip in the front of it,” Weekley said. “I saw it bounce, and then I didn’t see it no more. Then the people in the background started hollering and whooping, I was like, ‘Wow, that really went in.’ I didn’t believe it.”

D.A. Points is 10-under after 68. Morgan Hoffmann is three strokes back at 9-under after 69, and Ernie Els had 69 to reach 8-under. Els lost a playoff to Jason Dufner last year in the event.

“I like the course.” Els said. “I obviously played well here last year and I’m just trying to set that same game plan and really wait for the course to come to me.”

Bubba Watson, the 2011 winner, rebounded from an opening 73 with 65 to reach 6-under.

Dufner is 3-under after 71.

Glover missed the cuts in three of his past four events, mainly because of putting problems.

“Obviously, making a lot of them to make that many birdies,” Glover said. “But a few hiccups today, but you get that here. You get out of position, and it’s hard to make par. But luckily I’ve been in position more than not. So I’m pretty pleased with my play.”

He’s working with putting instructor Dave Stockton Jr.

“We’ve been working for about seven months,” Glover said. “Used a little bit of, or took what he gave me, and took some of my own stuff with my setup just to get comfortable and stable and still doing what we work on.”

Glover had 49 putts in the first rounds, 11 on the front nine Friday when he made the turn in 4-under 32. He birdied the first two holes with putts of 3 and 6 feet, and added birdies on the fifth and 11th holes.

He got to 12 under with a short birdie putt on the 13th, but a poor chip from the right side of the green on the par-3 17th green led to bogey. He then rebounded with the 18-footer on the par-5 18th.

“Getting off to a good start at this course is pretty important because 17 coming in, nine coming in, depending on which side you play first, I had about an 8-footer on 2, after a good bunker shot then a tough read,” Glover said. “I had the break going one way, the green going the other, and I made that one. That was a good feeling to birdie the first two, two good reads, two good strokes and I just kind of felt like that got me going.”

LOCAL INTEREST

SCOTT BROWN

North Augusta native

Score 69-71

Shots back 8

HENRIK NORLANDER

Ex-Augusta State golfer

Score 71-70

Shots back 9

PATRICK REED

Ex-Augusta State golfer

Score 72-73

Shots back MC

VAUGHN TAYLOR

Evans resident

Score 75-72

Shots back 11

CHARLES HOWELL

Augusta native

Score 73-75

Shots back 9

WILL CLAXTON

Swainsboro, Ga.*

Score 77-77

Shots back 13

* former resident


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