Estes Armour Clubhouse Leaders


  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Packing the car and driving off on cut day typically isn't something PGA TOUR players enjoy.
It was different in Daniel Chopra's case Friday.
Chopra fired his second straight bogey-free round, a 7-under 66, to get to 13 under and within one shot of leaders Bob Estes and Tommy Armour III in the suspended second round of the rain-soaked Ginn sur Mer Classic.
'If I play the way I'm playing right now I can win this week,' Chopra said. 'I have two more days to keep continuing this kind of form. But, obviously, it becomes more and more difficult to score as the week goes on.'
Estes and Armour shot 68s after identical 64s on Thursday.
The tournament is about 2 hours from Chopra's Orlando home, so he decided to head there for dinner and a good night's sleep. He'll return Saturday, set to resume the quest for his first tour win.
'When I get back home tonight, I'm going to be as far away from golf as I possibly can be,' Chopra said. 'I'll be home. I'll watch my own TV on my own couch. I'll eat my wife's great cooking. She'll make a great meal. It just makes you feel a lot more relaxed.'
Chopra's threesome in the first two rounds seemed plenty relaxed.
He was playing with Estes and Bob Tway, who started his opening round with four straight birdies -- and that seemed to set the tone for a two-day scoring barrage by the group. Combined, they have 39 birdies and six bogeys entering the weekend.
'With the fairways soft and the greens soft, you still can make a lot of birdies,' Estes said.
Soft doesn't even begin to describe conditions at Tesoro Club this week.
Squishy would be closer to accurate.
The course was soggy Thursday and even wetter Friday, thanks to intermittent rain overnight and during the morning. Players were allowed to lift, clean and place their balls in the fairway -- and still had trouble finding dryish spots to play approaches from.
'Without that, it'd be unplayable,' said Sean O'Hair (68), at 10 under along with Steve Lowery (66) and Michael Sim (67).
Play was delayed an hour at the start by rain and the round was suspended at 5:39 p.m. after another squall moved into the area. None of the players with afternoon starting times finished, meaning 64 will complete the round Saturday morning.
Weather permitting, that is. More rain was expected overnight.
'Divots just explode, it's so wet,' Chopra said. 'The ball has so much mud. Sometimes the entire ball is covered with mud, not just half of it.'
The projected cut was 1 under, which is exactly where John Daly was with two holes remaining.
Daisuke Maruyama (66) was at 9 under, and Bryce Molder -- who made his sixth cut in 20 starts this season -- shot a 71 to reach 8 under.
'I've had some momentum building,' said Molder, who didn't make a cut until July but has cashed in four of his last five starts. 'I still don't feel like I'm there yet, so I feel like I want to keep it kind of building. Even if it's just for Q-school, it'd be great.'
Molder is looking for his first tour win, understandable because he's had only 20 starts.
Armour is looking for No. 3 is his 568th career start.
The 48-year-old last won at the Texas Open in 2003, yet is in prime position for the $810,000 first prize here. He's missed only three greens in his first two rounds.
'We play golf to win tournaments,' Armour said. 'You know, I've only won two in my career on the PGA TOUR, so I'm excited whenever I have a chance to win. I look forward to it and that's why I work hard and that's why I'm here.'
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