ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. --- There's another nervous father on the PGA Tour.
It's become a frequent occurrence for Tour players to have par of them thinking about the next shot and part of them thinking about their wives on the verge of giving birth. This week at the McGladrey Classic at the Sea Island Golf Club, it's Ben Crane who is having to play with an understandably distracted mind as his wife is back at their Texas home with the clock ticking on their third child's arrival.
"I've definitely got my mind half here and half home," Crane said Thursday after a 5-under-par 65 to grab a share of fifth place. "We're keeping in close contact and if Mama calls, we're going to get out of here and have our child. We're extremely excited."
Crane's wife, Heather, is scheduled to undergo a C-section birth Monday, but could go into labor earlier. The Cranes have a 4-year-old daughter and a son who will turn three next week.
The Cauley watch: Bud Cauley, the three-time All-SEC player from Alabama who is making a late summer and early fall quest to get his PGA Tour card, battled a stubborn putter all day, hitting 12 fairways and 15 greens, but requiring 32 putts on his way to 68.
"I was a little off today," said Cauley, who turned pro in June and has made nearly $700,000. "I drove it well but his some horrible short irons and missed some putts. Every time I think I'd have some momentum, I hit a poor shot."
As a non-member of the PGA Tour, Cauley needs to match the amount earned by the No. 125 player on the Tour money list after next week's event at Disney World to get his card for next year. He's currently about $65,000 ahead of that pace but can only get into the Disney field by finishing among the top-10 this week.
Cauley looks safe but every little bit would help.
"I'm doing a pretty good job about not worrying once I get on the course," he said.
No home-field advantage: The large group of players who either live or practice extensively at Sea Island didn't make much happen in the first round, other than Billy Horschel's 64.
Lucas Glover had the next best score of that group with a 68. Tournament host Davis Love III, Jonathan Byrd and Charles Howell all shot 69. Matt Kuchar, Chris Kirk and Zach Johnson checked in an even-par 70. The only over-par round shot by a player with Sea Island ties was Brandt Snedeker, with a 71 - and that was with Sea Island instructor Todd Anderson as his caddie.
Duval struggles on greens: David Duval, who has battled his game off the tee since sinking into a slump in 2002, had one of his best ball-striking days of the year, missing only one fairway and two greens. But he needed 33 putts on his way to an even-par 70. ... Defending champion Heath Slocum had a difficult start, with a bogey at No. 2 and a double-bogey at No. 4, after hitting his tee shot in the water. But he made the turn and birdied four of his first six holes on the back and finished with a 70. ... The 66 shot by 2009 Players Championship winner Henrik Stenson matched his lowest of a tough season for the Swede. Stenson has missed 6-of-13 cuts and has finished among the top-25 only once.