Swafford surprises at Zurich Classic
Hudson Swafford was a surprise co-leader at the end of the second day of the weather-affected Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The 27-year-old followed up his opening 67 with a superb six-under-par 66 in the second round to take his total to 11 under par.
That was level with overnight leader Boo Weekley, who had only completed 15 holes of his second round before play was halted for the day because of a potentially dangerous storm bearing down on TPC Louisiana.
All 78 of the afternoon starters were left out on the course when play was suspended. Second-round play will resume Saturday morning.
Swafford and Weekley are one shot clear of Brendon de Jonge, Cameron Tringale, Jerry Kelly, Daniel Berger and Australian Jason Day
Day still had four holes of his second round too play.
It was a special day for Swafford, however, who compiled his lowest ever 36-hole score on the PGA Tour after 43 events.
Swafford is bogey-free through the first two rounds, hitting nine of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation on Friday.
If he keeps up those kinds of numbers, he could well be a factor on the weekend.
“I’ve seen this coming,” said Swafford. “I’m playing really solid golf. I’ve done a really good job of taking on trouble, and not being scared of the bunkers and taking good angles into the pins. That’s what you’ve got to do on a Pete Dye course. It’s not always about having the perfect drive in the center of the fairway, but the best approach shot into the greens because it makes it tough to bend.
“I’m just chipping well and just really rolling it nice.”
Swafford has missed eight cuts this season, but also has four top-25s, including a top 10 at the Frys.com Open.
“I’m not overly surprised by this,” he added. “It was just a matter of when it was going to come out.”
Chad Campbell and Morgan Hoffman are among those on nine under, two back, while South African Retief Goosen and England’s Greg Owen are part of a large group on eight under.
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