Emiliano Grillo went out early Friday and posted a 6-under 64 to take the lead by one over Lucas Glover heading into the weekend at the Web.com Tour Championship. Here’s where things stand through 36 holes at Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass:
Leaderboard: Grillo (-10), Glover (-9), D.H. Lee (-8), Chez Reavie (-8)
What it means: Grillo entered the week fifth in Finals earnings and would be fully exempt on the PGA Tour next season with a win. The 23-year-old Argentine played 15 events on the European Tour this year, recording three top-6 finishes. He recorded two top-10s in five starts on the PGA Tour, a playoff loss at the Puerto Rico Open, played opposite the WGC-Cadillac at Doral, and a T-10 at the Barbasol Championship, played opposite the British Open. Grillo held a one-shot lead with one hole to play in Puerto Rico, before a bogey on the 72nd hole cost him the tournament. A par would have earned him PGA Tour membership back in March. Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion who's temporarily without his Tour card for the first time since 2004, followed an opening 64 with a second-round 67.
Round of the day: Grillo made six birdies and whitewashed a double bogey at the par-4 12th with a hole-out for eagle on 18. John Mallinger, five shots back at 5 under, also turned in a 64, tying Grillo, Glover and Sam Saunders for the round of the week.
Best of the rest: Reavie went out in a spotless 31 and traded three birdies against two bogeys on the back to post 5-under 65. Reavie was the winner two weeks ago at the Small Business Connection Championship and entered this week No. 1 in Finals earnings. His best finish on Tour last year was a T-12 at the FedEx St. Jude.
Biggest disappointment: Nos. 23, 24, 25 on the Finals list, Justin Hicks, Steve Allan and Jhonattan Vegas all played in the same group and all missed the even-par cut, dropping them out of the top 25. One other notable name, Scott Langley, who led through 18 holes at the Greenbrier in July and recorded six top-25 finishes this season on the PGA Tour, also missed the cut and is outside the cut-off.
Shot of the day: Grillo’s 9-iron from 175 yards on 18 that found the hole for eagle and gave him a one-shot lead heading into the weekend.
Quote of the day: “We used to play a lot together, hang out a lot together. Now I can see them winning majors, and winning tournaments. It gives me not only motivation, but the knowledge that I can win out here.” – Grillo, on watching his former junior golf rivals, like Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger, find early success on the PGA Tour.
Storyline to watch this weekend: With the aforementioned names falling out of the top 25, some of the boys on the outside looking in have an improved chance to move up the money list. The top 25 players in earnings at the end of the Web.com Tour Finals earn their PGA Tour card. The higher a player’s finish, the higher his priority ranking for next season.