Six Tied for Lead at Southern Farm


2005 Southern Farm Bureau ClassicMADISON, Miss. -- Six players are tied for the lead at 10-under-par 134 after 36 holes of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic at the Annandale Golf Club.
Overnight leader Bob Tway (70), Tom Pernice, Jr. (68), Tag Ridings (66), Jonathan Byrd (69), Kevin Na (68) and John Cook (65) all share top honors in the last full-field event of the 2005 PGA Tour season.
Tom Pernice, Jr.
Tom Pernice, Jr. has two top-3 finishes in his last two starts.
Tway, the 1986 PGA champion, recorded three birdies on his front nine, but birdies at 11 and 12 moved him two ahead of the field at minus-12. Problems came in the form of a double bogey at the par-4 14th, so Tway moved back into a tie.
Tway once again removed himself from the logjam with a birdie at the par-3 15th, but trouble loomed. At the par-5 18th, Tway hit his second into the water, then, after a penalty, hit his fourth to 25 feet. He missed the par putt, but tapped in for the bogey to at least get into a share of the lead.
Pernice, who has not missed a cut since late August, broke into red figures with a 15-foot birdie putt at the sixth. He ran home a 5-footer for birdie at seven, then rolled in a short birdie putt at the par-5 11th.
He joined the mix at the top of the leaderboard on the closing hole. Pernice reached the green in two with a 4-iron at the par-5 hole, then two-putted from 35 feet for his 68.
'I played solid, not much trouble really,' said Pernice, who has finished second and tied for third in his last two starts. 'I missed two 4-footers for birdies that kind of hurt. Other than that, I played nice and solid. All in all, I am very happy.'
Ridings, whose third-place finish last week gave him enough money to move to 101st on the money list, thus earning him his 2006 PGA Tour card, two-putted for birdie at the par-5 fifth.
The 31-year-old closed his front nine in style. He drained a 12-foot birdie putt from the fringe at seven, ran home a 30-footer for birdie at eight and converted a 9-foot birdie putt at the ninth.
Riding's back nine was not as exciting. He parred his first four holes, then hit an 8-iron to 15 feet to set up birdie at the 14th. Ridings, who finished 125th on the money list last year to keep his card, nearly made a 30-foot eagle putt at the last, but settled for a birdie and a share of the lead.
'I'm doing everything pretty well right now,' admitted Ridings, who played with Pernice in the first two rounds. 'Hopefully I can get something good this week and I can sleep really well all next year.'
Byrd, who won last year's B.C. Open, was 2 under on his round at the ninth and sank a 15-foot par putt on No. 9. He holed a 6-foot birdie putt at the 11th and parred his next five.
Byrd found the water at 17 and when his 25-footer for par did not fall, he was at 9 under par for the championship. He atoned for the miscue with a 6-foot birdie putt at the 18th.
'Anytime you get to double-digits after two rounds, you are doing something right,' said Byrd, who has tied for eighth and tied for fifth in his only two appearances in this event. 'I have played well here in the past. I hope to continue to play well.'
Na started his second round on the 10th and tallied four birdies and a bogey, with all of his birdie putts inside 7 feet. His only bogey, the 13th, was the result of a poor drive.
His second nine was a struggle in consistency. Na birdied the first from 5 feet, but dropped the shot one hole later. He collected another birdie at five when he two-putted from 40 feet, but bogeyed the sixth when his approach missed the green.
Na earned his piece of the lead at the par-5 seventh. He laid up with his second shot, but hit his third to 5 feet and snuck the birdie putt.
'I feel like I am in a good spot to win,' said Na, who posted a pair of second-place finishes earlier this season. 'I played pretty well today with seven birdies.'
Cook, who at 177th on the money list, needs a huge finish this week if he is to gets his PGA Tour card for next year, recorded four birdies on his front nine. He dropped a shot with a bogey at No. 11, but closed out his round in a big way.
He birdied his last four holes to join the large group in first.
Frank Lickliter (65), Joey Snyder III (68), Bo Van Pelt (69), Brett Wetterich (67) and Champions Tour player Loren Roberts (67) are tied for seventh place at 9-under-par 135.
The 36-hole cut fell at 3-under-par 141 and several players near the top-125 bubble will miss the weekend. Kent Jones (121st), Nick Watney (127th), Michael Allen (128th) and Hunter Mahan (129th) all missed the cut.
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