Justin Lower holed nine birdies at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club en route to a 6-under-par 34-30=64 and co-medalist honors at the open qualifier for The McGladrey Classic.
You may recall that Lower is the golfer whose father and brother were killed in a single-car crash when he was a teenager. They were en route to picking him up at a golf course. The Memorial granted him a sponsor exemption this past summer, but he missed the cut. On Monday at Brunswick, Lower was birdie-free 3-over with three bogeys after five holes. He converted all of his birdies in an 11-hole stretch beginning at No. 6. "The Big Break Greenbrier" champ Mark Silvers shared medalist honors at 6-under 32-32=64. He traded seven birdies with one bogey. The McGladrey will be his fifth PGA TOUR start; he's still chasing his first payday. The final two berths were snagged by Patrick Newcomb (4-under 36-30=66; 8 birdies, 2 bogeys, 1 double) and Andy Pope (4-under 34-32=66; 7 birdies, 1 bogey, 1 double). Both survived a 5-for-2 playoff that included PGA TOUR winner Marc Turnesa and former TOUR member Casey Wittenberg. The field at Seaside is now complete at 132.