McGladrey Classic: Chris Kirk adds second straight 66 to take lead in Georgia

Last Updated: 10/11/13 3:24pm

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Chris Kirk: Was round in 66 for the second day running

Chris Kirk: Was round in 66 for the second day running

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Chris Kirk holds the halfway lead at the McGladrey Classic in Georgia after carding a second-round 66.

The 28-year-old from Tennessee, who matched his first round score to reach eight-under, recorded six birdies - five of them coming on the back nine - and leads from a group of four.

Kevin Chappell carded 68 on Friday to add to his opening 65 at the Sea Island course and sits alongside fellow Americans Briny Baird and Webb Simpson along with Australia's John Senden in a tie for second.

Second round leaderboard

(US unless stated)

-8 C Kirk
-7 K Chappell
-7 B Baird
-7 W Simpson
-7 J Senden (Aus)

Click here for collated scores

On a windswept day 2011 US Open champion Simpson said he was more than happy with his 68: "Before I played I would take anything under par.

"I think the game plan before the round (was to know) club selection so you don't get to a hole and you're shocked and you don't know what to do. That was big for us."

Early leader George McNeill suffered a poor second round and sits in a tie for 27th.

Thursday's first round was interrupted by heavy fog causing play to be suspended due to bad light, and McNeill, who claimed a one-shot lead as he completed his delayed first round earlier on Friday, slipped up as he could only manage 76 - 14 more shots than his first round - to leave him two under par.

The 38-year-old from Florida started off well, but ended up with seven bogeys - five of them on consecutive holes on the back nine.

That moved him down the leaderboard alongside Zach Johnson on two under.

Jason Kokrak shot the low round of the day, an eagle and four birdies helping him to a 65.

Kokrak, who scored an amazing hole-in-one on the 409 yard par-four 5th hole in Tuesday's Pro-Am, finished six under par alongside Scott Brown, Ted Potter Jr and Tim Clark.

Eighteen players will need to finish their rounds on Saturday although none are closer than three shot behind Kirk.

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