Steve LeBrun moved into the co-lead of the Miccosukee Golf Championship on Friday by shooting a 4-under-par 67 after his first-round of 68 on Thursday.
Strangely, LeBrun is not impressed with himself.
“I don’t care where I’m at after two days,” LeBrun said.
“Just where I’m at after four days.”
Where LeBrun, 34, is at right now is tied with Chris DeForest at 7-under 135. The two players used some nifty putting in the first two rounds to put themselves atop the leaderboard and into the final pairing at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club on Saturday.
“I putted amazingly today,” said LeBrun, a Florida Atlantic University graduate.
Yes he did, finishing the round with just 22 putts, with many of them in the 20-foot range.
The round included 14 one-putts.
“My putting really hasn’t been struggling,” LeBrun said, “but it is due time for some putts to start dropping.
“They’ve been lipping out the whole second half of the year, so it’s nice to see some putts go down.”
A nice putt for DeForest to see go down was on his 18th hole, after starting the day on the 10th tee. DeForest, who turned 24 on Friday, watched his final putt go rolling ... rolling ... rolling, and then plop into the hole from 35 feet away to forge the tie.
“This is a lot better than missing the cut like I did a couple of weeks ago,” DeForest said.
“It’s nice to be in a good position, but 36 holes is a lot of golf to still be played. But I’m happy to be in the thick of things.”
DeForest, like LeBrun, can’t complain about his putting. In the first round, he also had only 22 putts before taking a respectable 26 putts on Friday. In that first round, on the back nine, he one-putted eight of nine greens.
Of his final 35-footer, DeForest said, “I try to make it every time, but on a putt of that length, the odds are definitely against you.”
DeForest did confess, “I’m missing a lot of greens in the fringe, so my putting statistics look better than my actual putting. But I’m rolling it well and hopefully that carries into the weekend.”
Neither DeForest nor LeBrun have won on the Web.com Tour, and they are both looking for a first time.
“Yes, I do think I have a chance to win this thing,” DeForest said. “I better hope that’s the case. If I don’t feel like I can win, I should give up golf.”
LeBrun knows what leading is about. He held the lead in the BMW Championship in September of this year going into the final round, and he let that opportunity slip away.
“I didn’t have a good day and shot a couple over and ended up finishing 15th or so,” he said. “I didn’t hit good shots, and I didn’t make the putts.”
This time around, LeBrun needs not one but two more rounds of good golf to walk away with a title. And so does DeForest.
LeBrun and DeForest know each other, but just casually.
They will get to know each other much, much better Saturday when they tee off in the final pairing at 11:30 a.m.