PGA Tour

Henley grabs 1-shot lead at Sea Island



Sea Island, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Henley fired a 7-under 63 on Friday and he moved one stroke clear of the field after 36 holes of The McGladrey Classic.

Henley, one of seven former University of Georgia golfers to win on the PGA Tour last season, finished two rounds at 9-under-par 131.

Brian Harman, who shared the first-round lead with Erik Compton, Will Mackenzie and Michael Thompson, carded a 3-under 67 in round two. Harman was joined in second place at 8-under-par 132 by Brendon de Jonge (64) and Andrew Svoboda (66).

MacKenzie managed a 2-under 68 on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort and he dipped into a share of fifth at minus-7. He stands alongside Mark Wilson (66) and Fabian Gomez (66).

Scott Piercy (67) and Kevin Chappell (67) are tied for eighth at 6-under 134. Defending champion Chris Kirk (67) and Compton (70) are two of 11 players tied at minus-5.

Thompson stumbled to a 1-over 71 and he dipped into a share of 21st place at 4-under-par 136.

Henley started on No. 10 on Friday and found a fairway bunker off the tee. That led to an opening bogey, but that was his only dropped shot of the day.

After three pars in a row, Henley rolled in an 11-footer to get that shot back. He stuffed his approach inside a foot at the 16th and kicked that in for birdie. Henley made his third birdie of the day at the 18th and he made the turn at minus-4.

Henley made it two in a row as he birdied the first. After a pair of pars, he birdied the fourth and fifth, both from inside 10 feet. Henley's tee shot at the par-3 sixth stopped 20 feet from the hole and he rolled that putt in for birdie.

At the eighth, Henley drained an 18-footer for birdie to move to 9-under. He made par at the last to end there.

"I hit it well today. I got one or two nice breaks, and felt good with the putter so it was a nice round," Henley stated. "I grew up around here playing some golf, and it's good to have lots of support."

Harman opened with a 19-foot birdie effort at the first. After he tapped in a short birdie try at the fifth, Harman gave that shot right back as he bogeyed the sixth.

The lefthander birdied the par-5 seventh, but followed with a 3-putt bogey at the par-4 eighth. For the third time in his round, he traded a birdie for a bogey from the 10th. Harman followed a kick-in birdie at the 15th with a chip- in birdie at No. 16. He parred the final two holes to share second.

"I let a couple get away today. I felt a little sloppy, but I finished well. I had a nice couple up and downs at 15 and 16," said Harman. "My short game wasn't quite where it needed to be and I hit a couple of poor drives. I'm glad I finished with some good tee shots for some momentum going into tomorrow."

De Jonge parred five in a row from the 10th to start his round. He then drained three consecutive birdies from the 15th to jump to minus-5. He birdied the first, then made four pars in a row. De Jonge converted back-to-back birdie chances at six and seven to get within one of the lead, and he ended there as he parred the last two holes.

Svoboda had three birdies in his first six holes from the 10th. However, he gave two of those shots back as he bogeyed the 16th and 18th.

Around the turn, Svoboda dropped in consecutive birdies tries at the second and third. He moved to minus-8 thanks to a 30-foot birdie try on the sixth. Svoboda parred the last three holes.

NOTES: Henley, Harman, Kirk and Compton all played golf at Georgia ... The only other time Henley had the 36-hole lead was at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii, where he went on to victory after opening with a pair of 63s ... The cut line fell at even-par 140, with 88 players moving on to the weekend ... With the large cut, there will be a secondary cut after round three and that will trim the field to the low 70 and ties ... Among those that missed the cut were Harris English, Sam Saunders, Zach Johnson and Padraig Harrington.

10/24 21:03:54 ET

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