White Sulphur Springs, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Hurley fired a 7-under 63 on Friday and he soared into the lead after two rounds of The Greenbrier Classic.
Hurley, a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, finished 36 holes at 9-under-par 131. He is coming off a tie for eighth last week at the Quicken Loans National and is searching for his first tour victory.
Kevin Chappell (65) and Chris Stroud (66) are tied for second place at minus-8, while Troy Matteson is one back at 7-under 133 after firing a 9-under 61 in round two on the Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier.
Steve Stricker shot 2-under 68 and moved into a share of fifth at minus-6. He was joined there by Brice Garnett (66) and Chris Kirk (69).
Bubba Watson (67), Camilo Villegas (67), Pat Perez (69), Jim Renner (70) and David Lingmerth (68) are tied for eighth at 5-under 135.
First-round leader and defending champion Jonas Blixt tripped to a 3-over 73 and fell into a share of 25th at minus-3.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson posted a 2-under 68 to end 36 holes at 1- under-par 139. He made the cut and will play the weekend.
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