Sunday, May 28, 2023

Max McGreevy leads rain-delayed Barbasol Championship

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. ( Associated Press) — Max McGreevy shot a nine-under 63 on Saturday to share the second-round lead and had a one-shot lead when Dark called off third-round play at the Barbasol PGA Tour Championship.

Much of the field started the third round in the evening in sunny conditions after heavy rain hit Keene Trace for the second day in a row. More than 2 1/2 inches of rain over two hours delayed play for nearly 5 1/2 hours, with barefoot field staff using buckets to clean water from bunkers.

McGreevy and Matti Schmid, a former University of Louisville player, each shot 63 and were at 16-under 128 after completing the second round, one shot ahead of first-round leader Adam Svensson.

Those three were among the last to tee off and completed three holes. McGreevy opened with a birdie, Svensson birdied the par-3 second hole and Schmid was even after a bogey on the second hole.

Ricardo Gouveia scored 7-under 65 in the second round for a total of 129, 15-under, and was even on three holes.

Sean O’Hair, Kevin Streelman and Trey Mullinax each had 14 under par, with O’Hair and Streelman completing four holes.

McGreevy’s remarkable second round completed Saturday morning ultimately featured 10 birdies, including four over a five-hole stretch up front to dwarf the American’s only bogey on the par-4 seventh hole. Schmid’s bogey-free round featured nine birdies, including three on Keene Trace’s four par-5 holes.

“I don’t know if I’ve put together 10 birdies in a tournament in the last couple of weeks, so putting them together in one round, regardless of how easy the course was, felt really good,” McGreevy said earlier in the day. “The golf swing feels good, the putter feels good. I just looked at myself and it seemed to keep going down the hole.”

Only a few golfers were able to play shortly after the second round was complete. Darkness also called off play on Friday, when fog and thunderstorms caused a nearly five-and-a-half-hour delay.


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