Another day of ideal scoring conditions allowed many of the players in the field at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to once again post low numbers at TPC Louisiana. Here's the skinny heading into the third round, where a former major champion is now atop the leaderboard:
What it means: With first-round leader Ricky Barnes struggling Friday, Glover and Weekley were able to distance themselves somewhat from the field after strong rounds in the morning wave. While Weekley was a runner-up earlier this year in Tampa, Glover has only one top-10 finish in 2013 (T-4 at the Honda Classic) and enters the weekend in position for just his second win since hoisting the U.S. Open trophy in 2009.
Round of the day: After opening with a 1-over 73, 2011 Zurich champion Bubba Watson appeared in danger of missing the cut. A bogey on his first hole Friday dropped the former Masters winner to 2 over, but from there Watson birdied eight of his next 17 holes to post a 7-under 65 Friday, easily make it to the weekend and putting himself back into contention in the process.
Best of the rest: Another former winner in New Orleans, Jerry Kelly, nearly matched Watson's effort Friday. With birdies on five of his first 11 holes in the second round, Kelly moved quickly up the leaderboard but was not able to add any more red numbers coming down the homestretch. Still, the bogey-free 67 moved him to 7 under overall, putting Kelly, who was fifth last week in Harbour Town, in contention for the second week in a row.
Biggest disappointment: After struggling at the Masters, many expected Keegan Bradley to bounce back this week at TPC Louisiana. Instead, the former PGA champion, who had notched four straight top-10 finishes prior to the season's first major, carded rounds of 69 and 74, making only six total birdies across 36 holes. At 1 under, Bradley can now book an early flight out of New Orleans after missing his first cut of the season.
Main storyline heading into Saturday: With several big names chasing the leaders, who will make a move up the leaderboard? Els, Rose, Watson, Nick Watney and Billy Horschel all begin the third round tied for 11th or better, and with ideal weather conditions and more low scores expected this weekend, leaders will need to maintain their birdie pace if they want to keep the contenders at bay.
Shot of the day: Always possessing a flair for the dramatic, Boo Weekley got his second round started in exciting fashion Friday. Beginning his round on the 10th hole, the veteran split the opening fairway and then holed his wedge approach from 105 yards away for an eagle 2. Weekley went on to to shoot a 4-under 68 Friday, earning himself a spot in the final pairing Saturday afternoon.
Quote of the day: 'Making the cut is one of my goals. I'm having fun these couple of days, and I hope to play my best and go further.' – Guan Tianlang, 14, who advanced past the 36-hole cut after a 3-under 69 Friday.