Scott Gump tied the course record with an 8-under-par 62 Friday to take the second-round lead at the Canon Greater Hartford Open, while Casey Martin made history but didn't make the cut.
Gump's round put him at 10 under for the tournament, one stroke better than Larry Mize and Omar Uresti. It also matched a season low on the PGA Tour this year.He started his round on the back nine and had nine birdies, including four straight midway through the round.
"I got in a good rhythm today," he said. "I just got on a roll and before you know it I was six or eight under."
Martin, who sued for the right to use a motorized cart in tour events because of a disability in his right leg, shot a 73 Friday and was four over for the tournament. The Nike Tour player was using a sponsor's exemption to compete in his first PGA event, but missed the cut by five strokes.
His round included a triple-bogey 8 on the 523-yard 13th.
"It's disappointing. I played poorly," he said, describing No. 13 as "a meltdown."
The rolls definitely went Gump's way at the TPC at River Highlands, which was marked Friday by firm fairways and soft greens. He had birdie putts of 20 and 30 feet and said his birdie on the 444-yard, par-4 18th was "a bonus."
Gump hit a poor drive into the right fairway bunker about 210 yards from the pin. He used 4-wood and the shot landed about four feet from the hole. He attributed the birdie to a good lie in the bunker and some good fortune.
"That was pure luck," Gump said. "You're always trying to do that, when you pull it up. Anybody that doesn't tell you it's pure luck is crazy."
A 10-year pro from Rockledge, Fla., Gump has yet to win a tournament. He is 127th on the money list with $100,890 and his best finish this year was a tie for 19th at the BellSouth Classic in May. His round tied Billy Andrade's 1995 course record.
A four-time PGA Tour champion, Mize had seven birdies in his 63, including one to finish the round.
Uresti, like Gump, is still looking for his first win. The 29-year-old Texan, who turned pro in 1991, had a 64. He had eight birdies and was 11 under at one point, but had bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 then parred the final two holes. He said a bit of a wait on the 15th tee made him a little nervous.
"I started thinking about everything too much. My swing got quick for two holes. After that I was able to settle down," he said.
Defending champion Stewart Cink was tied for third at 132 with Grant Waite and Doug Tewell. Cink had a 65 Friday, while Waite had a 64 and Tewell a second 66.
Seventy-six players made the cut at one under, but among those missing the cut in addition to Martin were former champions D.A. Weibring, Billy Ray Brown and David Frost.
Despite Martin's poor outing, the spotlight followed him to the end.
"I prefer just to play golf and not have to worry about all the attention," he said.
He was greeted with a round of applause from the gallery as he walked to his final putt.
"I wish I wouldn't have played like I did but that's the way golf goes," he said.