Dark horse retains lead at Tradition

Fred Funk, a Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. native, moved into a tie for third in tournament standings with a 1-under par 71 in the second round, which gives him a tournament total of 6-under par 138.

Funk, who started out with three bogeys through his first six holes, said his best golf came on the back nine.

“I really saved the round in the last five holes,” said Funk, who also has his son, Taylor, as his caddie. “I would rather start bad and finish good, rather than the other way around.”

Brad Bryant, a Lakeland, Fla. native, also moved up to a tie for third, along with Funk, Jeff Sluman and defending Regions Tradition champion Tom Lehman, after posting a 3-under par 69 in the second round. Bryant also posted a 3-under par 69 in the opening round and enters the weekend with a tournament total 6-under par 138.

Funk and Bryant will be the second-to-last group to tee off Saturday at 12:51 p.m.

Sluman, a Hinsdale, Ill. native, posted a 4-under par 68 in the second round, which gives him a tournament total 6-under par 138 entering the weekend. Lehman, of Scottsdale, Ariz., carded a 3-under par 69 in the second round to move up to a tie for third at 6-under par 138. Lehman and his three-man group with Fred Couples and Jay Haas enjoyed the largest spectator following for the second day in a row.

Lehman and Sluman will be paired together in the third round and will tee off at 12:42 p.m.

Dan Forsman, who shared the lead with Glasson following the first round, couldn’t keep up with Glasson’s pace after posting two bogeys midway through the back nine in the second round.

Forsman, a Provo, Utah native who finished with three birdies and four bogeys in the second round, enters the third round four strokes behind Glasson after carding a 1-over par 73, which puts him in two-way tie for seventh place with German Bernhard Langer with a tournament total 5-under par 139. Forsman and Langer will be paired together Saturday and will tee off at 12:33 p.m.

Jerry Pate, a former University of Alabama golfer and a Shoal Creek member, posted a 2-under par 70 in the second round to move up in the standings. Pate is currently three-way tie for 35th with a tournament total 2-over par 176. Pate will be paired with Bob Gilder in the third round and will tee off at 10:27 a.m.

Steve Lowery, a Greystone resident and the only local golfer in the field, carded a 2-over par 74 in the second round. The former University of Alabama golfer is currently in a three-way tie for 63rd in the standings with a tournament total of 6-over par 150.

Lowery finished with four birdies in his second round, but a double bogey on hole No. 11, a par 5, cost him a couple of strokes. Lowery will be paired with Bobby Clampett in the third round and will tee off at 8:21 a.m.