A look at Friday’s second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at the 7,425-yard, par-72 TPC Louisiana in Avondale:
LEADING: Ben Martin continued to have a firm grip on the lead in the $6.8 million tournament. A two-time winner on the Web.com Tour in 2013, Martin followed up his course record 62 Thursday with a 67 on Friday for a 15-under par 129 total. He has a three-shot lead.
LURKING: Andrew Svoboda got within two of Martin but bogeyed his final hole, the ninth, to fall to 12-under 132 with a Friday 68. Seung-Yul Noh is third at 11-under 133 — four shots behind Martin after also shooting 68. Robert Streb and Erik Compton are at 11 under 133 after shooting 66 and 68.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Josh Teater holed a 6-iron from 184 yards for an ace on the par 3 17th en route to a 3-under 69. Teater was on the brink of missing the cut but got in on the number at 2-under 142.
PACKING UP: Eighty-four players made the cut. Some of the notables not playing the weekend are four-time major champion and 2012 Zurich runner-up Ernie Els (-1), Ryan Palmer (-1), former LSU golfer John Peterson (+3), Rickie Fowler (+3), Kevin Stadler (+4), Scott Verplank (+5) and former University High golfer Patrick Reed (+6).
KEY STAT: The scoring average for players teeing off Thursday afternoon during the windiest part of the day was 72.22. Friday afternoon, when there was little wind, the average dipped to 70.95.
ON THE TUBE: Golf Channel, noon-1:30 p.m.; CBS, 2-5 p.m.
THE LAST WORD: “Somebody is going to go bananas over the weekend. ... You just have to put yourself in position, and come Sunday, if you can make a bunch of birdies on the back nine you may win.”