On the hunt for his first PGA Tour title, the
26-year-old Clark drained a 35-foot-long putt for an eagle at
the par-five second. However, he stumbled with back-to-back
bogeys on the seventh and eighth. He redeemed himself with three
birdies on the back nine for a three-under-par 68.
Armour carded a one-under-par 70, with four birdies and three
bogeys. He told reporters that the strong gusts of winds at the
seaside Port Royal Golf Course nearly knocked him off his feet
on the par-four 15th.
"On 15 there over ocean side, I had a chip behind the green and
on my backswing I got blown and like I had the grass mark right
on the toe of the club and I'm like, 'Wow, I almost missed that
chip shot'," said Armour, who won the Sanderson Farms
Championship in 2017. "So I was happy to get out of there with
Winds reached up to 30 mph at the tournament on Friday, the
first PGA Tour event to have fans since the onset of the
Rounding out the top contenders were Americans Kramer Hickok,
who was one stroke back from the lead after carding a
three-under-par 68, and Ollie Schniederjans (70) and Doc Redman
(71), who were both two strokes back.
Elsewhere in the field, Fred Funk carded a one-over-par 72 to
become only the fourth golfer to make the cut at a PGA Tour
event aged 64 or older, after Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Tom
The 64-year-old sealed his round with a chip-in birdie on his
final hole, with son Taylor Funk (81) - who was in his grouping
- wrapping his arm around the elder Funk's shoulders amid the
celebratory hoots and hollers.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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