JT Poston leads the Barbasol PGA Tour Championship.




NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) – JT Poston shot a 6-under-66 without a bogey on Friday to take the lead in the second round of the Barbasol PGA Tour Championship.

Poston recorded a total of 13 under 131 at rain-soaked Keene Trace in the tournament which was twice delayed Thursday due to rain and lightning. Due to the wet conditions, players were allowed to use their favorite lies in the fairways.

“It’s really good,” Poston said. “Just hitting the ball has been a lot better than I would say over the past few months. It’s just nice to give me a lot of stares. These are curved greens, it’s soft. Hit the ball near the hole and you can also make some putts. “


Poston birdied late in the seventh and eighth par 4s of the round that started at No.10. The 28-year-old former West Carolina player won the 2019 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro for his only title on the PGA Tour.


He’s comfortable on the Keene Trace greens.

“They’re a lot like what I grew up on in Hickory, NC,” Poston said. “They’re curved and they have about the same speed that I’m probably used to as a kid. It kind of reminds me of fond memories of putting on this putting green growing up. It seems normal to me. “

Ryan Armor and Joseph Bramlett were one shot back, each shooting 67.

“It was sweeter today,” Armor said. “Definitely that rain yesterday afternoon, the two rain delays we had, I had no bounce on the driver, it was kind of hit and plug, which I would love if it bounced back a little longer, the length I hit it, but I can still hit three of the par 5s, which is good for me.

Brian Stuard, tied for the lead in the first round after a 64, shot a 69 to be tied for fourth at 11 under with Taylor Pendrith (68), Luke List (68) and Seamus Power (68).

“Today obviously wasn’t as good,” Stuard said. “I didn’t think I hit my irons as well as yesterday, but I held on well and was able to sort of score a good score, which is good.”

Pendrith finished her late afternoon tour in the rain.

Defending champion Jim Herman was under 7 after a 70. He won in 2019 and the event was canceled last year.

Will Grimmer, tied with Stuard for the lead after completing a 64 open in the morning, shot a 74 in the second round to drop to 6 under.

Wilco Nienaber, the hard hitting South African who received a foreign exemption to play, had a 71 to go down to 5 under.

John Daly missed the cut with rounds of 76 and 70.



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