Sea Island, Georgia – In a year that seems to favor first-time winners, Kevin Chappell wants to join the party.
The 29-year old Californian is halfway there, after a 5-under 65, on Sea Island’s Seaside Course, gave him a 36-hole total of 131, 11-under par, and a one-shot lead over Freddie Jacobson of Sweden and first round leader Kevin Kisner.
The UCLA alum had three birdies on the front side, and had a birdie and a bogey on the back before making eagle on the par-5 15th, on the par 70 layout.
Chappell said the key to his success is his feeling of comfort with the venue. ”For me, the sight lines work. The wind tends to blow out of one direction. There are a lot of things that are comforting to me and allow me to play well.”
Jacobson opened with a bogey on the first hole but bounced back with 4 birdies on the front side to go out in 33, on the par 72 Plantation Course, being used for the first time this year. He added two more birdies on the back for a 67, his second consecutive 5-under par round.
Kisner Enjoying Good Play
Kisner followed up his opening 65 with a 3-under par 67 on the Seaside Course. He was loving being in contention, yet again, in search of that elusive first win. “Man, I’m having a ball. Playing good golf is always fun,” he said.
He also feels that first victory is close. ”In China I told my coach and my caddie it was the first time it was all golf and no nerves,” Kisner said. ”That’s when you know you’ve done your job.”
2012 Phoenix Open Champion Kyle Stanley was another shot back at 9-under par in fourth place by himself after a second round 67.
Four players shared fifth place at eight-under par including Jason Gore (69), Alex Cejka (67), Hiroshi Iwata (67) and Michael Kim (67). All but Iwata played their second round onthe Plantation Course.
Last week’s winner, Graeme McDowell, was one of four players tied for ninth at seven-under par. The Irishman had a four-under par 68.
Defending champion Robert Streb was in a group at six-under par that also included Matt Kuchar. 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner was one 13 players at -5, while current British Open champion Zach Johnson made the cut right on the number at 2-under par, along with tournament host Davis Love III.
Love’s son, Dru Love, wasn’t as fortunate, slipping to a 76 to miss the cut.
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