Andrade, Funk share lead in Mississippi
Saucier, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Andrade fired a 7-under 65 on Saturday and he jumped into a share of the lead after two rounds of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Andrade was joined atop the leaderboard by Fred Funk, who carded a 5-under 67 in round two. They ended 36 holes at 8-under-par 136.
First-round leader Fred Couples shot 1-under 71 and dropped into a tie for third at minus-7 at Fallen Oak Golf Club. He stands alongside Jay Haas and Jeff Maggert, who both shot 69 in round two.
Bill Glasson (67), Mark O'Meara (68) and Duffy Waldorf (69) share sixth place at 6-under-par 138.
Andrade, who is a tour rookie, started his round with birdies at one and four. After a pair of pars, he drained three consecutive birdie chances from the seventh to make the turn at minus-6, where he was one off the lead.
The 50-year-old, who won four times on the PGA Tour, stumbled to a bogey on the 10th. He rebounded with a birdie on 11 and followed with birdies at 12 and 13 as well.
That burst gave Andrade a share of the lead with Couples. Andrade stumbled to a bogey at 16, but closed with a birdie at the last to end at minus-8.
"I got off to a nice start with a birdie on the first hole and then just got into a rhythm shooting 31 on the front," Andrade said. "I'm ecstatic to be in this position. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. This is why we play, to have chances to win."
Funk started with back-to-back birdies from the first. After four pars in a row, he birdied the seventh to move to 6-under. Funk birdied the 10th and 13th to grab a piece of the lead at minus-8. He ended there by closing with five straight pars.
"This week, I've really started hitting the ball good. I kind of found an old swing key and really, I've only missed two greens in two days, and I missed them by six inches combined," said Funk. "I'm giving myself a lot of opportunities. I'm just controlling my golf ball right now. My bad shots aren't that bad and my good shots are really good. I like playing like this, it's really fun."
Couples birdied the second and sixth to get to minus-8. He stumbled to a bogey on No. 14 to go with eight pars on the back nine that left him one back.
Haas had a birdie and a bogey on the front nine. Around the turn, he birdied three of the first five holes to move to 7-under. Haas ended there as he closed with four pars in a row.
"I was a little shaky coming in. Overall, the first two days, I've hit a lot of good shots," Haas said. "I've given myself lots of chances."
Maggert mixed five birdies and two bogeys in his round of 69.
NOTES: Couples' 71 ended a string of 13 straight rounds in the 60s, which was one shy of the tour record ... Maggert is making his tour debut this week ... With the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, final round tee times were moved to 9-11 a.m. (ET) with players going off split tees in threesomes.
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