Wednesday, November 6, 2013
CONCORD, N.C. -- Like countless professional golfers throughout the country, Taylor Floyd spent the vast majority of his fall months chasing the dream at Web.com Tour Q-School, successfully advancing through both the pre-qualifying and first stages to reach the halfway point in the annual trek towards golf’s higher grounds. On Wednesday at the eGolf Tour’s Cabarrus Classic, Floyd continued his solid play from the latter half of the 2013 season, birdieing his final four holes en route to a 7-under 65 and a two-shot lead through 18 holes of the 54-hole event.
Floyd’s week at the classic George Cobb-designed Cabarrus Country Club course began in solid fashion on the front nine, with birdies on Nos. 1 and 4 to turn at 2-under 34.
Looking to make an early move in the day’s first group, Floyd had to somewhat guess his way around the back nine, as recent illnesses between him and traveling partner Mitch Krywulycz left the two with just a nine-hole practice round on Tuesday.
“Mitch and I have been sick lately, so after nine holes, he went to the doctor and I just chilled out for a bit. Neither one of us was feeling great yesterday,” said Floyd, who was a teammate of Krywulycz’s on Augusta State’s Cinderella-like NCAA Championship teams in 2010 and 2011.
Playing by nothing but feel and a yardage book on the back nine, Floyd birdied the par-5 11th to reach 3-under par for the day, in turn setting up one of Wednesday’s more stout finishes.
At the watery par-3 15th, Floyd hit his tee shot to the back fringe, only to watch the ball trickle back to 6 feet from the hole, setting up a clutch birdie putt that pushed him to 4-under par.