Palmer jumps ahead at Palm Coast

Little-known American Ryan Palmer continued his strong form at the Ginn Sur Mer Classic, shooting a one-under-par 71 in the second round to move to the top of the leaderboard on six-under 138.

Little-known American Ryan Palmer continued his strong form at the Ginn Sur Mer Classic, shooting a one-under-par 71 in the second round to move to the top of the leaderboard on six-under 138.

Palmer, who is seeking his second career PGA Tour victory, was in third place following an opening 67 and improved his position after notching two birdies and a lone bogey on the Conservatory Course at the Ginn Hammock Beach Resort.

The 32-year-old, who has missed the cut 10 times in 20 events this year, took advantage of the struggles of Thursday’s co-leaders to slide into the top spot.

Kent Jones and Michael Letzig led the event after carding seven-under 65s in the opening round but ran into trouble.

Jones, who began on the back nine, got off to a clean start but stumbled miserably after the turn with four bogeys and a double bogey on his final eight holes to finish with a five-over 77.

Letzig also started on the back nine and began badly with two bogeys and a double bogey on his first three holes before settling down with birdies at his next two holes in a round of 74 that left him only one stroke behind Palmer on five under.

Australians Peter Lonard (69) and Robert Allenby (71) are tied with Letzig and fellow American Ken Duke (69) for second place.

Former world number one David Duval carded a three-under 69 to join John Huston (70) in a tie for sixth on four under.

The second round was suspended due to darkness for the second straight day, leaving five players to complete their rounds later today.

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