Clay, the defending champion, finished at 6-over-par 150 for the 36 holes and finished tied for 14th. Jordan, playing in his first professional tournament, finished at 159 and was tied for 21st.
Shoal Creek assistant Blanton Tessin birdied his last three holes for a 6-under 66 and won it by seven shots over Old Overton’s Todd McCorkle. Both advance to the nationals in Florida.
Just as it did Monday, one bad hole did in Clay’s day. This time he took a nine on the par-5 ninth — then followed it with bogeys at 10 and 11.
“It was over after that,” he said. “I think 4 under ended up being the number (to advance). I had to do something really special on the back nine for that.”
He did — finishing with an eagle at the 502-yard 18th. But it wasn’t nearly enough.
“I saw Jordan at the clubhouse,” Clay said. “I pointed to him and said, ‘This is for you,’ and made it.”
Evans made a seven-shot improvement over his first-round score. He birdied three of the five par-5s, including 18 to go home with a good feeling.
“I don’t know if happy is the word, but I feel better about 76 than 83,” he said. “I was kind of disappointed to have a double and a bogey coming in — I was going to try to birdie out. But I’m content with (the round). I know I’ve got a lot of work left to do to get to where I want to be.”
Evans was on the phone describing his round to his sister when Clay hit the green on 18.
“I was wondering if he was on in two or three,” Evans said. “I made eye contact, and he pointed to me and said, ‘This is for you.’ I told my sister he was about to make a putt on 18, but I don’t know what it’s for. I knew he was going to make it. I’m glad it was for eagle not birdie.”