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Filed under: Tour In KC: Defending Midwest Classic Champ James Nitties Tied For Lead

Sixty-nine golfers were unable to compete their opening rounds at the Tour Midwest Classic in Kansas City on Thursday due to rain delays and darkness. When play resumed early Friday, Aaron Watkins' and Jason Gore's six-under-par one-shot lead turned into a two-shot deficit, as Kevin Foley caught fire on the second day of first-round play, finishing with an opening eight-under score of 63 to replace Watkins and Gore at the top of the leaderboard at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park.

Early in the second round, though, defending champion James Nitties is tied with Foley and two others at eight-under for the tournament. Nitties shot a 68 on Thursday, but was five-under in his second round through 16. Only half of the 156-player field has teed off in the second round. With sunny skies, cool temperatures and no wind to speak of, tournament officials are expecting a number of low second-round scores, which will make the cut line score lower than normal, as well.

Former Kansas State golfer Watkins and Gore are among those who don't tee off until the afternoon session.

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