An unlikely pair, in 22 year old Bud Cauley, and 49 year old Marco Dawson both shot 62′s on Thursday afternoon to take the lead at the McGladrey Classic on The Seaside Course in Sea Island, Georgia. Cauley birdied six of the final 9 holes, and had no bogeys enroute to his 62, while Dawson had one miscue on the 4th hole, but made up ground with nine birdies on the day.
Bud Cauley is a second year pro who was born in Daytona Beach, lives in Jacksonville, and played his collegiate golf at Alabama. Marco Dawson took an entirely different path, he was born in Freising, Germany, lives in Lakeland, Florida, and played golf at Florida Southern. Cauley began the day well inside the top 125, at 42. His current position projects him at 31, while Dawson’s position is projected at 116, a and Tour card for the 2013 season if he were to hang on here and win. He is currently on the outside looking in at 216.
Tournament host, and Ryder Cup Captain, Davis Love III shot a 5 under 65, and is on course to improve his position on the money list to 100. He is currently at 104. The purse at McGladrey is $4 Million dollars, with the winner’s share at $720,000. After getting started with his only bogey of the day at the first hole, the host birdied six of the the final 17 holes.
Rod Pampling, who is hanging around the bubble at 124, helped himself Thursday by shooting a 6 under par 64, projecting him into 107th position. The 18 year Pro from Queensland, Australia could use a good finish in Georgia to secure his 2013 season.
There was a Camilo Villegas sighting in Georgia on Thursday. Villegas, who has struggled all year, shot a 5 under 65, and is only three shots back. The 30 year old from Medellin, Columbia, and a Florida Gator, is having the worst year of his eight year PGA career. He is 152nd on the money list, but has exemptions that will retain his card for 2013. Villegas has made only 14 of 24 cuts this year, and his best finish was an 18th place tie at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Others hanging around the leaderboard are 2012 Ryder Cup players, Zach Johnson and Jim Fuyrk. Johnson is three back at 5 under par, and Fuyrk four back at 4 under. V.J. Singh is also at 4 under.