Matteson, McNeill share lead in rainy Mississippi

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MADISON, MS - Troy Matteson shot a six-under 66 amidst several delays and was the clubhouse leader Friday when the second round of the Viking Classic was suspended.

Matteson shot 66 for the second straight day at Annandale Golf Club, which endured about six hours of delays on Friday. The second round was delayed for two hours to start due to inclement weather, then more weather caused a nearly four-hour delay in the middle of the round.

"It was a weird round because obviously with the delay we started late and got off to a little bit of a slow start," Matteson said. "I feel like I'm just starting to get it back again. Could be a pretty nice weekend."

At 7:58 p.m. (et), play was halted a third time, and officials announced the round would resume at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Matteson had six birdies in a flawless round to get to 12-under 132 and shares the lead with George McNeill, who is 12-under with one hole to play. McNeill had an eagle and five birdies on Friday and is seven-under for his round.

Champions Tour mainstay Tom Pernice, Jr. is tied for third at 11-under after shooting a five-under 67 on Friday. Kevin Kisner is also at minus-11, though he has four holes still to play.

"I feel like I'm in it to win, and that's why I'm here," Pernice said. "I've got to get a lot of birdies on the weekend because it's going to be a shootout. Happy with the start. Got myself in position to see how I do the next two days."

First round co-leader Bobby Gates (69), Chris Kirk (67) and Blake Adams (62) are all knotted for fifth at 10-under 134. Adams was one shot off the course record. William McGirt is also at 10-under with two holes left.

The other five first-round co-leaders hadn't made much of a dent in their second rounds, if at all, by the time the final horn sounded. Brendon de Jonge, Peter Lonard and Sunghoon Kang, all of whom shot seven-under Thursday, had yet to finish a hole on Friday.

Tim Petrovic and John Mallinger are both even-par, with Petrovic through three holes and Mallinger through one.

Matteson began on the back nine and birdied the 11th to move to seven-under, but really made his mark on his final nine holes.

He entered No. 1 having parred seven straight, but drained a 12-foot putt for birdie to get rolling. Matteson went to nine-under with a 14-foot birdie at the third before closing with three straight birdies.

At No. 7, Matteson made a 10-foot putt for birdie, then stuck his tee shot at the par-three eighth to within six feet. After making the birdie putt, he finished with a six-footer for birdie at No. 9 to move into the lead.

"Wins are so important out here. It doesn't matter where you win," Matteson said. "It's hard to win every single week. This week's no different. It would mean a lot to me if we could pull one out."

McNeill began with a birdie at No. 1 and two-putted for birdie at the par-five fifth. He chipped in for eagle from off the green at the seventh, and a birdie at No. 8 put him at minus-10.

Another two-putt for birdie at the par-five 11th helped McNeill reach 11- under, and his last birdie before the day closed was a five-footer at the par- three 12th.

NOTES: Adams was one off Keith Clearwater's 1996 course record of 61. It was the best round of his career...Only 34 players finished the second round, and 31 had yet to finish a hole...The third round will consist of threesomes off of split tees, starting at approximately 2 p.m. (et).


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