Through Friday’s first 17 holes, it looked as though John Daly would comfortably make his first PGA Tour cut of 2009 and only his sixth in his last 18 PGA Tour events. However, that final hole made the day at TPC Southwind a little more interesting.
Daly, making his first PGA Tour start after a six-month suspension, is on the cut line at the St. Jude Championship after firing a second-round 2-under 68, giving him an even-par 140 total.
Daly was 4 under for the day and 2 under for the tournament before making a double bogey on par-4 ninth at TPC Southwind, his final of the day. After a 300-yard tee shot to the left rough, Daly hit his second shot into the water. After taking a drop, he chipped to inside 3 feet, but missed the bogey putt.
After teeing off on No. 10 Friday and going birdie-bogey on Nos. 12 and 13, Daly began to make a move up the leaderboard. He made birdie on the 15th and eagle on the 530-yard, par-5 16th to move under par for the tournament.
Daly played the next ten holes 1 under before his final-hole double bogey.
After carding a 6-under 64 in Thursday’s round, Brian Gay shot 66 Friday to take the overall lead at 10 under par. A win this weekend would give Gay two since last year’s U.S. Open, granting him a pass to Bethpage next week.
For the second day in a row, Gay carded seven birdies in Friday’s round, including five on the front side.
Daly made three of five cuts while playing in Europe earlier this year, including a tie for second at the Italian Open.