Henley takes McGladrey lead with 63


Russell Henley (Getty)

Already with a pair of PGA Tour titles to his credit, Russell Henley is eyeing trophy No. 3 at Sea Island. Here's how things stand at the midway point of the McGladrey Classic, where Henley holds a one-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Russell Henley (-9), Brendon de Jonge (-8), Brian Harman (-8), Andrew Svoboda (-8), Will MacKenzie (-7), Fabian Gomez (-7), Mark Wilson (-7)

What it means: Henley has been hit-or-miss since winning a playoff at the Honda Classic in March, but he was firing on all cylinders Friday en route to a second-round 63. He'll take a slim advantage into the weekend as he looks to fend off fellow Bulldog Harman, among others, deep in SEC country.

Round of the day: Henley bogeyed No. 10, his first hole of the day, and then bounced back in a big way. Birdies on Nos. 14, 16 and 18 closed out his first-nine 33, then the Georgia grad added five birdies on his inward half, including three in a row on Nos. 4-6.

Best of the rest: De Jonge made it around the Seaside Course without a bogey, notching three straight birdies on Nos. 15-17. The Zimbabwean then birdied the par-4 first hole before adding circles on Nos. 6 and 7 en route to a 6-under 64, a score that moved him into contention for his first PGA Tour title.

Biggest disappointment: Zach Johnson is one of several high-profile players who call the Sea Island area home, but the former Masters champ won't stick around for the weekend after rounds of 71 and 73. Johnson was undone by back-to-back double bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16, which led to a 6-over 41 on the back nine.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Henley has the 2013 Sony Open title to his credit in addition to his overtime win earlier this year at PGA National, so despite his youth he is well-equipped to handle the lead. The three players closest to him vary in experience and combine for only one career win, but it belongs to Harman, who won the John Deere Classic three months ago and who tied for 10th at this event last year.