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Recap: Henley posts 63 for McGladrey Classic lead

Russell Henley fired a 7-under 73 Friday to grab the 36-hole lead at the McGladrey Classic.

The former Georgia standout now stands at 9 under and leads fellow Bulldog Brian Harman, Brendon de Jonge and Andrew Svoboda by a shot through two rounds at Sea Island Golf Club.

We kept you updated on the highlights throughout the round Friday in St. Simons Island, Ga. Here’s what all unfolded:

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Update No. 13: 6:50 p.m. ET

Eight-eight players made the cut Friday at Sea Island. The cut line fell at even par and among those right on that line were former Alabama standouts Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett.

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Update No. 12: 6:01 p.m. ET

Andrew Svoboda pars his final hole to finish at 8 under, meaning Russell Henley will hold the 36-hole lead by himself at 9 under.

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Update No. 11: 5:43 p.m. ET

Brian Harman, one of four first-round leaders, made six birdies today to card a 3-under 67 and move to 8 under. He didn’t quite reach fellow Georgia Bulldog and clubhouse leader Russell Henley, but Andrew Svoboda still has a chance to.

Svoboda is 4 under through 17 holes today. A birdie at his final hole, the par-4 ninth, would move him to 9 under along with Henley.

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Update No. 10: 2:58 p.m. ET

Former Alabama teammates Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett both sit at even par through 36 holes. Currently, they are right on the projected cut line, but could be on the outside once the day is over.

Here’s how the cut situation looks at the moment:

  • Projected cut: even par, 89 players currently above cut line
  • Sixty-nine players are at 1 under or better, including Davis Love III and Tony Finau
  • Martin Flores, Whee Kim and Hudson Swafford are 1 over with holes to play

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Update No. 9: 2:32 p.m. ET

Brendon Todd is 2 under through eight holes today as he has worked his way to 5 under.

This is Todd’s first tournament of the season and first PGA Tour start since the birth of his son Oliver.

“Oliver is 19 days old, and he’s just doing great,” Todd said Thursday. “You know, it’s brought a lot of perspective for me, I think, and it’s been just a lot of fun to see him grow. … Great distraction off the golf course. Keeps me busy, keeps me entertained, and you know, I think you have that perspective that your priorities are family first, golf second.

“So at the end of the day, whatever you shoot doesn’t matter as much.”

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Update No. 8: 2:26 p.m. ET

Brian Harman, one of four first-round leaders, is 2 under through seven holes today. At 7 under, he’s two back of clubhouse leader Russell Henley.

Here’s a look at the other three first-round leaders:

  • Will MacKenzie, 7 under overall, 2-under 68 today
  • Erik Compton, 5 under, even par through five holes today
  • Michael Thompson, 5 under, even par through seven holes today

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Update No. 7: 1:22 p.m. ET

Rookie Justin Thomas birdies the par-5 15th to get back to even par. Thomas is 4 under through 15 holes today and is currently right on the projected cut line.

The former Alabama standout and 2012 Haskins Award winner was in last place at one point Thursday before closing with two birdies in his last three holes for an opening 4-over 74. He is trying to make his first PGA Tour cut of the season after failing in his first two tries.

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Update No. 6: 12:50 p.m. ET

Russell Henley wraps up a 7-under 63 with a par at the par-4 ninth. At 9 under, he’s in the clubhouse with a one-shot lead.

The 63 is Henley’s best Tour round since the final round of the 2013 Sony Open – Henley shot 63 three times during that event, picking up his first Tour victory in his first Tour start as a member.

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Update No. 5: 12:33 p.m. ET

A 15-foot birdie putt at the par-4 eighth moves Russell Henley into the solo lead at 9 under. Henley is 7 under on his round and is currently in the fairway at his final hole, the par-4 ninth.

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Update No. 4: 12:28 p.m. ET

With the afternoon waves starting to make their way onto the course, let’s look at the current cut situation:

  • Projected cut: even par, 83 players currently above cut line
  • Cory Whitsett, Tony Finau and Zachary Blair among those at even par
  • Harris English, Zach Johnson, Nick Watney and Justin Thomas among those at 1 over
  • Max Homa and Blayne Barber are both 2 over

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Update No. 3: 12:02 p.m. ET

Russell Henley’s birdie at the par-3 sixth comes on a 20-foot putt. It’s Henley’s third straight birdie this round and moves him to 8 under. He’s 6 under through 15 holes today.

The Georgia product is making his second career start at the McGladrey. He tied for 65th last season after carding rounds of 69-71-71-73.

Henley is looking for his third career PGA Tour victory after picking up a win in each of his first two seasons on Tour.

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Update No. 2: 11:53 a.m. ET

Brendon de Jonge just wrapped up a second-round 6-under 64 to take the clubhouse lead at 8 under. He made six birdies and no bogeys Friday and will make his third cut in as many starts this season.

Last season, de Jonge proved his ability to make cuts – he made 24 in 31 starts – but he also notched just two top 10s. After finishing 26th in the FedEx Cup standings in 2013, de Jonge ended at No. 91 last season.

He was T-16 and T-4 in his last two McGladrey appearances, which proves he’s comfortable at Sea Island as he continues his search for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Update No. 1: 11:43 a.m. ET

Before we get started with the blog today, let’s look back at what all unfolded in Thursday’s opening round.

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Thursday’s coverage

Co-leader Harman puts 2nd Tour title in his crosshairs at McGladrey

After an off-season filled with deer hunting and fishing, Brian Harman took advantage of his local knowledge to shoot a 5-under 65 on Sea Island’s Seaside Course and grab a share of the early first-round lead at the McGladrey Classic.

Kizzire earns McGladrey spot in unorthodox fashion

Patton Kizzire, an Auburn alumnus, takes advantage of a spot in the McGladrey Classic, which he earned in an 18-hole playoff at Sea Island over Trey Mullinax, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt.

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