NEW LONDON, NC (April 23, 2016) - Clemson is in a great position to capture their 10th ACC Championship win heading into the final round.
The Tigers fired a 4-under 284 in round two which was tied for the low of the day and gives them an eight shot lead with one round remaining. Clemson has a trio of players inside the top five including Austin Langdale and Bryson Nimmer who sit tied for 2nd at 6-under and Miller Capps who shares fourth at 5-under.
“I was very pleased with what I saw for the first 15 holes,” Head Coach Larry Penley told Clemson Athletics. “But the last three holes were a challenge for our guys. We have some players with a bad taste in their mouth and they need to refocus for tomorrow. We are getting ready to do that on the practice area."
Clemson will need to finish strong as the Demon Decons of Wake Forest are right on their heels lead by Davis Womble who currently holds the individual lead after rounds of 68 and 69. Wake Forest's Paul McBride lead the tournament after an opening 66 but fell back Saturday with a 3-over 75.
Clemson, Wake Forest, and Florida State we be paired together for the final round beginning at 9:30am local time.
ROUND ONE STORY
Weather delayed play for 30 minutes during Friday's ACC Championship first round but that didn't slow down No. 11 Clemson (273). The Tigers were able to jump out to a four-stroke lead following the completion of the opening 18-holes. Clemson currently has four players inside the top-10 of the standings.
Recent Byron Nelson Award winner, graduate student Stephen Behr and freshman Bryson Nimmer both shot 67 and are tied for second at 5-under-par, one off the medalist lead. Junior Austin Langdale (-3) is currently tied for third and senior Miller Capps (-2) is tied for eighth.
Both Behr and Nimmer played bogey-free rounds. Behr birdied five holes during his round while Nimmer birdied three and eagled the par-5 closing hole. Before his final hole eagle Nimmer had been even-par on the back side after all three of his birdies came in the first seven holes.
Wake Forest sophomore Paul McBride will be the tournament leader heading into Saturday's second round. McBride got off to a quick start on Friday with a first hole birdie. It was the first of seven on the day to go against one bogey as McBride shot a 6-under 66.
Heading into Saturday's second round 16 players will be within five-strokes of McBride's lead.
Behind Clemson in the team standings are No. 14 Wake Forest (277) in second while five teams are tied for third.