John Daly on projected cut line at St. Jude Classic

John Daly on projected cut line at St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — John Daly finished at the projected cut line at even par after a 2-under 68. With the weather delay, he will have to wait until Saturday morning to see if he keeps playing in his first PGA Tour event following a six-month suspension.

Daly finished just as the afternoon wave was teeing off. He opened with a 72 and had broken par on this course only three times in his previous 19 rounds. He didn’t talk when he finished.

If he makes the cut, a temporary restraining order Daly’s attorneys obtained Wednesday keeping his estranged wife away from the course would be extended into the weekend.

TOUGH LANDING: Brian Gay had the clubhouse lead by two strokes when play was suspended Friday. He was cruising along with seven birdies and only one bogey for a five-stroke lead.

Until he got to No. 17.

Gay hit a nice tee shot that landed behind a tree. His second shot was worse as he overhooked a 5-iron.

“It went up against the back lip in the bunker. Couldn’t hardly stand up to hit it. Left it in the bunker, hit it out like 5 feet, made a putt for bogey,” Gay said.

It didn’t get much better on No. 18 when he hit his tee shot into the right rough and put a 6-iron into a right bunker. He knocked his third 14 feet from the hole only to see his putt stay on the left edge.

“But pretty happy with 10 under,” said Gay, who can earn a berth in next week’s U.S. Open with his second win this year.

MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME: Guy Boros had been scheduled to play the Nationwide Tour across Tennessee in Knoxville until he got into the St. Jude Classic on Tuesday, taking the next to last spot. He made the six-hour drive across the state worth it by following up an opening 67 with a 66 to tie for fourth with 78 players left to finish.

Not bad for a guy who was ready to give up the game altogether over the past couple years. Son of the late two-time U.S. Open champ Julius Boros with a PGA tour win to his credit in 1996, Boros reconsidered.

“I don’t know (how) to do anything else,” he said.

He got some lessons from his brother and a friend, changing his takeaway and moving him closer to the ball. Another lesson earlier this year from a pro in Florida helped straighten out his ball flight. This is his third PGA Tour event, with his best finish a tie for 66 in Puerto Rico. He has played seven Nationwide Tour events.

This is easily his best start of 2009.

“It’s no fun when you’re playing bad. There are signs of me playing good but for two, three days. The game is getting funner and funner,” he said.

PLAYING PARTNERS: Brian Gay had a nice partner for the first two rounds in Woody Austin, who matched his 66 for the second round. Gay called it a good group. Actually, they almost kept it all in the family.

“My caddie and his caddie are brothers, so we had a good time out there,” Gay said.

Austin won here in 2007. He said he told Gay to make three bogeys while Austin posted two birdies to keep him only three back.

“I’m going to have to play really good because he’s playing well,” Austin said.

DIVOTS: Play stopped at 5:23 p.m. Friday because of a storm system that brought tornado warnings to Memphis and had tornado sirens wailing. It was the seventh PGA Tour event interrupted by weather this year. … Gay’s 130 total for 36 holes is his personal best on tour. He shot 131 twice, most recently at the 2003 Zurich Classic in New Orleans. … Boros needed only nine putts over his final nine holes.

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