BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The day belonged to Scott Dunlap. He fired a 6-under 66 to grab the first round lead and came right back with a 3-under 69 to hold on to the second round lead at 9-under par, two shots in front of Jerry Smith.
Dunlap said, "Back started feeling tired, but I knew it would. It didn't lockup or anything. Was able to get through it. A couple of shots were hanging to the right but another solid round. Yeah, I can't complain."
Jerry Smith shot a 3-under 69 in round one and over his second 18 holes, Smith fired a 4-under 68....ready to make a run on Sunday.
"This is where you want to be, in the last group, or the last couple of groups, and have opportunities," said Smith. "I've only been in a few, and I've done well, pretty well in both cases. It's where you want to be, and you've just got to take the experiences that you can get and build."
Miguel Angel Jimenez is three back behind Dunlap at 6 under with an opening round 68 and a second round 70.
2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Champion Jeff Maggert is tied for fourth with three other golfers at 5-under. Glen Day a native of Mississippi is one of the golfers tied at 5-under. He shot a 7-under 65 for the best round on the day. After hitting just 10 of 18 greens in regulation, Day hit 17 of 18 in the afternoon.
Day said, "I'm not looking for anything, I haven't even looked at the scoreboard, don't want to know, don't care. Whenever I get a tee time, I just want a tee time. As long as I've got a tee time, I'm happy. I will do my best and we'll see where that pans out."
Grant Waite made the second hole-in-one in tournament history when he aced No. 8 with a 5-iron from 187 yards. Nick Price had the other hole-in-one at last year's event on No. 14.
Bobby Wadkins withdrew during the opening round due to a back problem and Mark Wiebe dropped out with a wrist injury.
It's going to be a race to the wire with any number of golfers capable of winning the $240,000 first place check.