Webb, a three year Canadian Tour veteran from Bracebridge, Ontario, carded a 2-under 70 at Royal Ashburn Golf Club and, with a 36-hole total of 3-under 141, shares the lead with Swanson. American Jon Turcott and Australian Peter Wilson are two strokes off the lead. Seven others are at even-par 144.
While conditions were a definite improvement from Monday, when heavy rain caused a pair of play suspensions, strong winds still swept through the 6842-yard, par-72 layout on Tuesday, sending scores skyrocketing. The opening round was completed Tuesday morning and the final groups finished Round 2 just as darkness settled in over Royal Ashburn.
Beginning the day two shots behind Swanson and Ryan Miller, Webb showed his veteran savvy to put himself in ideal position to regain playing privileges for next year. Once fourth-round action is completed Thursday, the starting field of 112 golfers will be reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties. Those remaining will compete Friday for one of 25 playing cards (15 exempt and 10 non-exempt) to be awarded for the 2004 Canadian Tour season.
Having played in just eight events this season, the 28-year-old Webb made five cuts but still wound up 92nd on the money list, two spots short of what was needed to avoid a return trip to Q-School. At the season-ending Bay Mills Open Players Championship last month, Webb finished in a tie for 22nd. Had he been one stroke better over the course of the week, the few extra dollars on his paycheck would have allowed Webb to keep his card.
Its frustrating, but I am not going to judge myself over just eight tournaments, stressed Webb, who played with fellow tour players Dave Christensen and Chris Wisler at East Tennessee State University. I played well all year but just couldnt take advantage of the weekends. I thought I did what I needed to in Michigan, but it wasnt enough.
I know if I play well this week, I shouldnt have any problems. A lot of these newer guys are feeling the pressure. I just want to get this week over with, do what it is I need to do and take some time off.
Swanson, who turned professional just prior to Q-School, played on Canadas championship Four Nations Cup team in 2001, a squad that also featured reigning Order of Merit champion Jon Mills as well as fellow Canadian Tour players David Hearn and Matt McQuillan. Playing as an amateur, Swanson made the cut at the Greater Vancouver Classic earlier this summer.