Svoboda (64) one back, looking for first win


GREENSBORO, N.C. – It may be a different year on a different Tour, but Andrew Svoboda once again feels right at home in the Tar Heel State.

The New York native clinched his PGA Tour card for this season when he won the Chiquita Classic during the Tour Finals in Davidson, N.C., last September. Now playing about an hour up the road in Greensboro, the 34-year-old has built upon those memories while ascending the leaderboard at the Wyndham Championship.

Svoboda caught fire down the back nine Friday, carding an inward 31 despite a bogey on the 18th hole. At 9 under, he heads into the weekend one shot off the pace and in search of his first PGA Tour win.

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“I’m in a good position,” he said after a 6-under 64 in the second round. “I’m hitting a lot of fairways, hitting my irons nicely and rolling the putter great, and I played really well today.”

Svoboda has quietly had a successful campaign in 2014, rebounding from a start that saw him miss six of his first eight cuts during the wraparound season. He turned things around at the Zurich Classic, where he tied for second, then added a T-6 finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June.

At No. 86 in the FedEx Cup standings, he doesn’t have to worry about postseason projections this week and can instead focus on chasing down co-leaders Heath Slocum and Scott Langley.

“I have nothing to lose,” he said. “I only can better my situation, so I’ll go out and play aggressive over the weekend and see what happens.”