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Henley leads McGladrey Classic heading into weekend

Third Round Preview – PGA Tour –McGladrey Classic – Sea Island Resort Seaside Course – St. Simons Island, Georgia –

Russell Henley shot 7-under-63 in round two to reach 9-under overall and secure the outright lead at the half way point at the McGladrey Classic.

Henley, 55th in the Official World Golf Ranking, scattered one bogey around eight birdies Friday at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course. The 25-year-old leads Brendon de Jonge, Brian Harman and Andrew Svoboda by a shot.

Jonge’s 64 earned him a spot in the final group Saturday. At 106th in the world ranking, he is still searching for that maiden PGA Tour victory. A consistent leader on the PGA Tour in Total Birdies year in and year out, de Jonge entered the week as a 40-to-1 betting selection at www.ladbrokes.com.

For Henley – a 33-1 pick – he is coming off a big season on the PGA Tour. He won the Honda Classic in March and finished runner-up at the Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Nearly two dozen players are within four shots of the overnight lead including multi-time PGA Tour winner Mark Wilson (7-under and T-5). Kevin Chappell and Scott Piercy are T-8 and just three back, while defending champion Chris Kirk sits at T-10 alongside former FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas and first-round co-leader Eric Compton.

Headliners Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar (both T-28) will need to make a run on Moving Day Saturday to have a shot to win Sunday. Look for an changing leader board. Don’t expect anyone to run away from the field.

Tournament host Davis Love III made the cut to play into the weekend, while Zach Johnson (15th in the world) and Padraig Harrington were among those missing the 36-hole cut.

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