By Katie Jordan and Amanda Herrington, AJGA Communications
Day Two of the 2013 Wyndham Cup began with the ritual team huddles and pep talk from team captains. Brandon Pierce led the West Team in the “Prayer of a Sportsman” and pumped the team up with a special chant. The East Team kicked off the morning with a prayer and a special cheer for the first pairing.
The West Team set the tone early with the second match going 3-up through three holes. Alison Lee and Amy Lee only took nine shots in the first three holes, going birdie, birdie, par. The pair never relinquished the lead and won the match, 5 and 4, grabbing the first point of Day Two.
The East Team’s morning cheer made an impact as Jorge Garcia and Adam Wood fought back from a 1-down deficit to make the turn all square. The duo went 1-up on the 14th hole and held on to the lead through the 16th hole. Morikawa of the West Team sank a short putt on No. 7 to extend the match and pressure the East. Garcia was unshaken by the West’s excitement and chipped in for birdie on the 17th to win the match and secure the East Team’s first point of Day Two.
A power pairing from the West, No. 2 ranked Scott Scheffler and No. 3 ranked Brad Dalke, defended their Day-One lead as a back-and-forth match with the East’s Zachary Bauchou and Jimmy Stanger stretched 18 holes. The East held an early 1-up lead until Scheffler drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole to move the match to all square. The East responded on the seventh hole with a beautiful approach shot from Stanger. Playing in an alternate shot format, Bauchou made an easy five-foot birdie putt to reclaim a 1-up lead for the East, and maintained it until a lost ball on No. 9 moved the match back to all square. The tight race was settled on the 16th hole, with the West moving to dormie after winning No. 7 with a birdie, to win 1-up.
Five of the morning matches played all 18 holes. The West secured six matches and halved three to earn 7.5 points to take the lead over the East Team, 18 – 7.