Second round won’t be completed until AM Saturday, but Chris Riley’s conservative play has him leading Sergio Garcia (64) and Bill Haas (69) among golfers able to complete two rounds despite sporadic rainfall at Sedgefield Country Club in the Greensboro, N.C. area.
“I’m playing this golf course a little bit different than maybe some other guys,” Riley said. “I’m delighted with my round of 63 so hopefully I’ll have a good weekend.”
Riley’s “little bit different” approach caught some strange looks from his playing partners for often leaving his driver in his bag. However, the results made for a great round. Riley shot a season-best 63 on Friday to move to 11-under 129 and claim a share of the lead with Ryan Moore during an incomplete second round at the Wyndham Championship.
Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia had two eagles during his 64 and joined 18-hole leader Bill Haas (69) and Chez Reavie (67) at 131. Kevin Stadler (63), Marc Leishman (65), Boo Weekley (67), Johnson Wagner (66) and Fred Couples (66) were all completed at 132.
Chris Riley’s club selection made those of us who like to leave our drivers at home kind of chuckle with some of his remarks in the clubhouse.
The former UNLV player arrived in Greensboro on the FedEx Cup playoff bubble at No. 129 on the points list. But now, after his best 36-hole start of the season, he moved into contention for his second top-10 finish of the year – and possibly even his second career PGA Tour victory.
“I just stepped onto the tee and chose the club that felt the best,” Riley said, adding that partners Kent Jones and Mathias Gronberg “were giving me some looks. They were like, ‘What are you doing?’ I’m like, ‘I’m just putting it in play.”‘
Later, he chuckled, adding that, “I don’t care what they think.”
We chuckled with him as he simply got the ball in play and now has the 36 hole (though incomplete round) lead.
The coolest news of the day was from Justin Thomas, a 16-year-old from Kentucky, who started on the back nine and briefly moved within two strokes of the lead early during his 72 that was marred by a double bogey on the par-3 No. 7. That left him at 3 under, and he stands to become the third-youngest player in PGA Tour history to make a cut; the projected cutline is 2 under.
Thomas played his way into the field with a sponsor’s exemption after winning the AJGA’s FootJoy Invitational here earlier this year.
“It was cool seeing my name” near the top of the leaderboard, Thomas said. “Then again, I was kind of disappointed knowing I was that close and had that bad a finish.
We’ll keep you posted on Saturday and play resumes.
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