Defending champion Justin Thomas six off the tempo; Rory McIlroy within the group tied-26th after second-round 69
By Ali Stafford
Final Up to date: 17/10/20 2:05am
Xander Schauffele produced a powerful birdie run to open up a three-shot lead on the midway stage of The CJ Cup at Las Vegas.
Schauffele posted six straight birdies on his solution to a blemish-free 64 in good scoring circumstances at Shadow Creek, taking him to 14 below and pulling him away from nearest challenger Tyrrell Hatton.
Hatton, the in a single day chief, birdied his ultimate two holes to publish a four-under 68 and soar into second forward of Russell Henley, with Talor Gooch six strokes again in fourth after a bogey-free 65.
It was a pleasant stretch,” Schauffele stated about his birdie run. “Bought a bit of bit stale there on the opposite aspect. Tempo of play slowed down rather a lot, form of sizzling and it is simple to let the thoughts wander. Upset I did not make extra birdies, however happy I did not make any bogeys.”
Beginning on the again 9, Schauffele missed a four-foot birdie alternative on the tenth however holed one from the same distance on the subsequent and fired his tee shot on the par-three 13th to tap-in vary.
Schauffele holed additional birdies from 25 toes on the 14th and 35 toes on the 15th earlier than getting up and down from the perimeter to select up one other shot on the par-five 16th after which chipping in from off the 17th inexperienced.
The world No eight reached the flip in 29 after draining a 15-footer on the 18th for a sixth consecutive birdie, solely to see his run finish with a two-putt on the first. Schauffele made a 15-footer on the seventh to increase his lead, earlier than changing a ten-footer to avoid wasting par on his ultimate gap.
Hatton had set the tempo after an opening-round 65 and continued his sturdy begin with a birdie on the fifth and back-to-back positive factors from the seventh, solely to bogey the 11th after failing to stand up and down from the greenside bunker.
The Englishman responded with a 25-foot birdie on the subsequent and rolled in a 10-footer on the 14th, earlier than cancelling out successive bogeys from the 15th by producing a birdie-birdie end to get again to 11 below.
PGA Champion Collin Morikawa jumped inside six of the lead after a bogey-free 65 and Matt Fitzpatrick sits an extra shot again regardless of a double-bogey and two bogeys over his closing 5 holes, whereas defending champion Justin Thomas heads into the weekend tied-eighth after a six-under 66.
Jon Rahm – the highest-ranked participant within the subject – struggled to a one-over 73 to drop again to 4 below, with Rory McIlroy an extra two strokes behind after mixing seven birdies with 4 bogeys in an eventful 69.
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