Kim, Hensby share Barbasol lead
South Korean Kim Meen-whee and Australian Mark Hensby moved into a share of the lead of the inaugural Barbasol Championship in Auburn, following the conclusion of Friday’s second round.
The 23-year-old from Seoul is still seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, moved up the leaderboard in impressive fashion having birdied three of the last eight holes on the Alabama course to card a five-under-par 66.
“It was really good,” Kim told reporters from the clubhouse after his round.
“Four under in the first round and five under today … I’m ready for the weekend.
“I’m just focused on my swing, just doing the basics, just tried to keep it in the fairway, that’s it. I didn’t try to hit it further or make a shape, nothing. Just played easy.”
The world number 485 – who is self-taught having modelled his game on that of Tiger Woods, moved clear of the leaderboard after picking up more shots on the second, third and seventh, having teed off from the 10th earlier in the day.
As a result, he rocketed up the leaderboard before Hensby caught him later in the day.
Hensby, too, finished with a flurry – notching birdies on three of his last four holes – to notch a second round 64.
“I played well, I gave myself a lot of chances,” said Hensby, whose only PGA Tour title came at the 2004 John Deere Classic.
“I hit a couple of wayward ones, but I haven’t played in a tournament in quite some time. You get a little nervy in the middle, but then I kind of settled down and hit some good shots.
“I’ve played a couple of mini-tours here and there, but this is my first tournament in quite some time. So, you know, it’s good to be back.”
First round leader Sam Saunders, the grandson of the legendary Arnold Palmer, carded a one-under-par 70 and is one stroke behind the leaders alongside American compatriot Charlie Beljan (64) and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (66).
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