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Mar 21, 2022

Bridgeman Has Three-Shot Lead Entering Final Round of Linger Longer

CLEMSON, S.C. — Jacob Bridgeman and Colby Patton both shot rounds of six-under-par 66 on Monday to lead Clemson to a four-place improvement in the team standings at the Linger Longer Invitational at the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation in Eatonton, Ga.

Clemson improved from eighth place to fourth with an 11-under-par team score of 277 in the second round, tied for the second best team round in the 15-team field. Sixth-ranked Vanderbilt and 10th ranked Georgia have the team lead at 20-under-par 556, while 19th ranked Florida is third at 12-under par 564. The 22nd ranked Tigers are fourth at 569 and Charlotte is fifth at 572. Fourth-ranked North Carolina, who the Tigers beat by 16 shots on Monday, stands in sixth place at 579.

Bridgeman has a three-shot lead in the medalist race after rounds of 67 and 66 to start this tournament. He is three shots ahead of Cole Sherwood of Vanderbilt and Ben Van Wyk of Georgia.

The Clemson senior from Inman, SC has had two bogey-free rounds, the first two bogey-free rounds of the season by any Clemson golfer.  He started the day three-under-par through three holes, as he made an eagle on the par-five second hole, then made a birdie on the third.

Bridgeman finished his first round on Sunday with an eagle on the 18th hole, his first eagle of the year. He then eagled the second hole on Monday, giving him two eagles within three holes after not making an eagle all year. He now has 11 eagles in his Clemson career, more than any active Clemson player

Later in the round, Bridgeman made 10 straight pars before making a birdie on the 17th and 18 holes to finish at 11-under-par 133. He has played the par five holes in eight-under-par, best in the field, and has played the par-three holes in two-under-par, tied for best in the field.

Bridgeman’s streak of consecutive holes without a bogey stands at 39 dating to the final round of the Watersound Invitational on Feb. 22. He missed Clemson’s victory at the Wake Forest Invitational March 7-8 when he won a Canadian Tour Qualifier in Alabama. Bridgeman had a streak of 43 consecutive holes without a bogey to start last season.

The only player in the 90-man field to equal Bridgeman’s 66 on Monday was Clemson teammate Colby Patton. Patton’s 66 included seven birdies, and his 10 birdies for the first two rounds rank fourth in the field. Patton had nine-hole scores of 34-32 on Monday, as his only bogey of the round took place on the par four seventh, a hole that has seen Clemson players make six bogeys in two days.

Patton had an opening round 74 and improved by 29 spots in the standings to eighth place with his performance on Monday. His 66 on Monday tied his career best, as it was the fourth time he has scored 66.

Carter Pendley, the only non-senior in the Clemson lineup, had a solid even-par 72 on Monday. Pendley also eagled the second hole, his first eagle of the year and second of his career, to get off to a great start. He made par on his last eight holes to shoot even-par for the day. He stands in a tie for 50th with a 150 total for 36 holes.

Kyle Cottam is Clemson’s third best golfer through two rounds with a 147 total after rounds of 74 and 73.  For the second straight day he got off on the wrong foot with a 39 on the front nine. But he played the back nine in two-under-par on Monday and is in a tie for 37th place.

Zack Gordon improved by a 77 to a 76 on Monday and is in a tie for 63rd after 36 holes at 153.

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