David Edwards made an early charge that left him in ninth place at the end of the day after shooting a 3-under par 68, to leave him at 2-under for the tournament, five strokes behind leader Peter Jacobsen at the 67th Senior PGA Championship on Friday.

“I didn ‘t play bad yesterday, I just didn’t make any putts. Today I made a few putts,” said Edwards. “Still missed a few that I could have made, but 68 on this golf course in these conditions isn’t bad.”

Edwards got off to a great start with birdies on holes 3, 5 and 9, to go to three under heading into the back nine. He played solid throughout the final eight holes before a bogey on the 18th.

The former Oklahoma State standout missed short birdie putts on holes 14 and 16, but his bogey on 18 could have been much worse.

On the par 4, 433 yard hole, with the wind getting stronger, Edwards second shot was short leaving him about 10 yards from the green. Then his third shot nearly rolled back down off the green but luckily stopped, leaving him with a 20 foot putt for par.

The 50-year-old Edwards came up about two feet short on the fourth shot, but he was able to remain in the title hunt, by escaping with a bogey.

“(No. 18) It’s long, it’s narrow, if you don’t hit the fairway, you don’t have a shot. The green’s difficult,” said Edwards. “You can’t hit it over to the left, you can’t hit it short and to the right and the green rolls around like a roller coaster, so even if you hit the green, you have a tough putt.”

Edwards hopes that he can have another good day today, so that he can catch up with Gil Morgan and Jacobsen and be in contention on Sunday.

“He (Gil) started off very well, I didn’t get off to a very good start. Got a little bit of it back today. If I can play a good round tomorrow and get myself kind of up in the middle of things, then hopefully we’ll have a chance on Sunday,” said the former Oak Tree resident.

When asked about the difficulty of the course, and if Oak Tree could host another major, Edwards seemed to think it would be possible.

“Well, I mean I can set it up where 10-over par would win here. I promise you, not a problem. I can go to KickingBird and set it up where 10-over par wins. I mean it all has to do with where you put the tees, the pins, how much rough you grow, how hard the greens get. The golf course makes a difference,” said Edwards.

After Friday’s round Edwards said that for the most part the course has been fair, but a few of the pin placements that he has seen have been impossible.

“For the most part pretty good. I thought there was a few pins yesterday, on four, was quite ridiculous. Today on 8 was, you know, and 17, next to impossible. You know, I don’t like it when you miss-hit one to get it close,” said Edwards.


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