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Wilson Furr opens in 29(!) to build four-shot lead at AJGA Thunderbird International Junior

Wilson Furr 's 8-under 64 moved him well ahead at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior.
Wilson Furr 's 8-under 64 moved him well ahead at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior. (Tracy Wilcox)

He got it rolling early and just couldn’t stop.

Wilson Furr, of Jackson, Miss., had just one par in his first nine holes Sunday at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course, but that was a good thing.

There would be a birdie to start (at No. 10), a bogey to follow (at No. 11) and then an incredible barrage of red numbers. Furr birdied five of his next six holes and ended the nine with an eagle – posting a 29 to start his round in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Yes, a 29. With a bogey.

Furr started the day two back at 2 under, but needless to say, the quick rocket up to 9 under put him well ahead. He would post two birdies versus one bogey on the back nine to post in 8-under 64. By day’s end, his 10-under total set him four clear of the field with 18 holes to go at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior.

Furr, a 2017 Alabama commit, had only scored better than 74 once in six rounds at the Thunderbird before this year. But on Saturday, he posted an opening 70 to put himself in position before rocketing up with a Sunday 64.

Ranked No. 8 by Golfweek overall and fifth among the Class of 2017, Furr finished 14th at last year’s event and 39th in 2014.

Noah Goodwin, Golfweek‘s top-ranked junior, fired a second-round 68 to put the Class of 2018 golfer from Corinth, Texas in a tie for second at 6 under. He is joined there by first-round co-leader Norman Xiong, of Canyon Lake, Calif., who is Golfweek‘s No. 13 and eighth among the Class of 2017.

One shot further back in a tie for fourth sits Andy Zhang and Cooper Dossey. Austin Eckroat, the Sage Valley Invitational champion and another first-round co-leader, is solo sixth at 4 under after a second-round 72.

Hidetoshi Yoshihara, the third and final 18-hole co-leader, fell to a tie for eighth at even par after posting a second-day 76.


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