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Wysocki Makes Jump to Top of Leaderboard

By Baker Helton
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Calculated and clean, Ricky Wysocki is on top at the midway point of the first PDGA Major of the year.

With an 11-under, bogey-free second round, Wysocki is now clear of the field by three strokes heading into the weekend at the PDGA Champions Cup presented by Bushnell, a large margin considering how this field has attacked W.R. Jackson.

“I only had one bogey (Thursday) and no bogies today – that’s what it’s going to take to win, playing clean rounds like that,” Wysocki said. “I’m just in control of my game right now. I know where my discs are going, and I know my landing spots.”

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Wysocki’s move to the top of the leaderboard was just one of several big moves made on Friday as we officially hit moving day at this inaugural PDGA Major.

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Austin Hannum torched the course to the tune of a 12-under 56 and is now the sole owner of the course record at W.R. Jackson. He jumped 26 spots into a tie for second place.

“Whenever I made the putt on 18, I was doing the math in my head – I knew I had five in a row, then six in a row then a bogey, so I realized that I had a 12 today. I had no idea it was the course record.”

Hannum kept it relatively clean with an 81% fairway hit mark and 100% scrambling. He was also 100% from C1X and had makes of 74 and 60 feet.

“It was a normal day,” he said. “I started with five in a row and was like, ok, this seems really easy today so let’s keep doing this. I just kept hitting the aggressive lines because it was feeling good today.”

Chris Dickerson followed close with a 10-under round, as did Mason Ford to jump to the lead card. They sit three back of Wysocki at 18-under.

Saturday is officially moving day, but the logjam of scores kept the leaderboard shifting at a rapid pace.

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Paul McBeth torched the back nine to the tune of nine under for a 10-under round to jump 13 spots into a tie for sixth place at 17-under par. McBeth connected on all three circle 2 attempts and had throw-ins of 96, 70 and, to close out, 101 feet for an eagle on 18.

McBeth will join the chase card of Calvin Heimburg (-18), James Conrad (-17) and Andrew Marwede (-17).

In total, 17 players are within six strokes of the lead.

Live coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on the Disc Golf Network.