Hadley leads by 1 at Rex Hospital Open
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Chesson Hadley posted a 2-under 69 on Friday to grab a 1-stroke lead at the Rex Hospital Open.
Hadley, who has three top-six finishes in his last four events, finished 36 holes at TPC Wakefield Plantation at 10-under 132.
"It's always a little bit more pressure when you have the hometown atmosphere and that comes with the territory," said Hadley, who is a Raleigh native. "We've handled it pretty well so far and it's going to get harder. It's all about the back nine on Sunday."
Edward Loar tied the low round of the day with a 6-under 65 to grab a share of second place with Jason Gore (68) and Danny Lee (66) at 9-under.
Scott Dunlap also fired a 65 to move into a tie for fifth with first round leader Andrew Putnam at minus-8. Putnam managed a 1-over 72 during his second round to fall out of the top spot.
Putnam's 72 during the morning wave allowed Gore to grab the clubhouse lead at 9-under.
Gore had rolled through his outward nine with birdies at the 11th, 13th, 14th and 18th to make the turn at 10-under, but he tripped to a bogey at the first before recording a double-bogey 6 at the third to fall back to minus-7.
He quickly recovered with back-to-back gains at the fourth and fifth to reach 9-under and closed with four straight pars to end there.
His lead was shortlived, however, as Hadley opened with a birdie at the 10th to meet Gore at 9-under before grabbing the outright lead with another gain at the 13th.
Hadley later pulled two strokes ahead with a birdie at the fourth, but then tripped his first bogey of the tournament at the seventh to fall back to 10- under. He closed with a pair of pars to end there.
"I made 14 pars today. Pars aren't necessarily a lot of fun, but they're good scores, especially when the pins are tucked like they were today," Hadley said. "I hit some really good shots and just stayed patient all day, which is key to playing well. I'm going to need to stay patient for the rest of the week."
Danny Lee, who also started on the back nine, held a share of the lead after pouring in his sixth birdie of the day at the sixth, but he closed with a six at the par-5 ninth to fall one stroke behind Hadley.
NOTES: The cut line was set at 2-under 140, with 66 players advancing to the weekend ... Among those missing the cut were 2013 winners Kevin Foley, Kevin Kisner and Benjamin Alvarado ... Erik Flores recorded a hole-in-one at the 16th hole.
06/21 20:04:42 ET