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Summerhays, underdog among leaders at PGA Tour event

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 7:42 p.m. MDT

Daniel Summerhays watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Madison, Miss.  (Associated Press) Daniel Summerhays watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Madison, Miss. (Associated Press)

MADISON, Miss. — Paul Stankowski hasn't played in many PGA Tour events lately, so he has spent a lot of time watching on television.

There's one trend he always notices.

"Everybody that plays well makes putts," Stankowski said, grinning. "I really haven't made any putts for 10 years. It's kind of nice to make putts — join the party."

Stankowski's good putting is a big reason he was among six players tied atop a crowded leaderboard midway through the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

He had a 4-under 68 to join Vaughn Taylor, Fabian Gomez, Troy Matteson and Kyle Reifers at 10 under in the clubhouse. First-round leader Daniel Summerhays also was 10 under, but only completed eight holes in the round Friday.

Daniel Summerhays watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. (Associated Press) Daniel Summerhays watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. (Associated Press)

The 43-year-old Stankowski is the most unlikely name among the leaders. The veteran is playing in his first PGA Tour event of the season and hasn't won since 1997.

He has played some on the Web.com Tour this season, but hasn't been particularly competitive. His last round before coming to Annandale was an 82.

Stankowski needed only 25 putts to get through the first round, which he finished early Friday. He wasn't as good in the second round, with 30 putts, but he made the crucial ones that helped him stay among the leaders.

Summerhays continues to play well after a good showing at the John Deere Classic last week, where he tied for fourth after leading going into the final round. The 29-year-old birdied Nos. 5 and 7 before darkness enveloped Annandale.

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