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May 3, 2014

Marathon first round comes to a close


VALDOSTA — Clearing up

After rain drenched the course for three days, the wet weather finally stayed clear Friday. While there were light showers in the morning, it wasn't enough to measure and despite cloud cover the temperatures reached 70 in the afternoon.

That break should be a sign of things to come as today's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with temperatures nearing 80 and clear skies expected for Sunday's finish as well.

Making a move

Garth Mulroy, the 2009 tournament winner, dug himself out of a rough start to Friday morning's completion of the first round. One-over through seven holes when play was suspended Thursday evening, Mulroy then opened play Friday with a double-bogey and a bogey on his first two holes.

From there, though, he started to put things together getting back to 2-over after the first round with birdies on Nos. 5 and 7. After starting the second round with a bogey on the first hole, Mulroy strung together birdies on three of the next five holes to get back to even and then answered a bogey on No. 7 with birdies on Nos. 9, 10 and 11 and added a final one on the 18th to get to 3-under for the tournament heading into the weekend. The 5-under was also the best score of the second round.

Also shooting 5-under for the round, at least through the 12 holes he got in before darkness set in was Ryan Blaum. Blaum, whose grandfather Gordon grew up in Valdosta, was at even-par following the first round Thursday, but he got to work early Friday with four birdies on the back nine where he began. Adding one on No. 2 moved him to 5-under.

Major watch

Two-time major champion John Daly birdied his second hole Friday to move to 1-under and remained there through 12 holes when play was stopped. Lee Janzen, who twice won the U.S. Open, got a pair of birdies during his round Friday, on the par-5s on the front nine, Nos. 2 and 5. However, he followed the first with a bogey and then double bogeyes the sixth to leave him at 1-over through eight holes, and above the projected cut line.

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