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World No. 141 Xinjun Zhang fashioned a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of the Corales Championship for a two-day total of 9-under 135, good for T5 on the leaderboard, which is where he began the day.
After opening with 66-69, the 33-year-old sits three back of 36-hole leader Hudson Swafford (65-67), who was one of four first-round co-leaders. He digressed to eight (of 14) fairways in R2, but improved to 15 greens in regulation, posting a commercial 1.800 putts per GIR with 30 total putts. Zhang scribbled down five birdies at holes 4, 8, 12, 14 and 16, taking some luster off with two bogey-5s at 10 and 18, both 3-jacks. He'll play out of the fourth-to-last twosome on Saturday with 18-hole co-leader Sepp Straka, as he looks for his first TOUR win (and first top 3) in 58 career events.
Added Yesterday 7:44 pm (EST)
Overnight quad-leader and World No. 156 Sepp Straka back-pedaled with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of the Corales Championship, down four spots to T5 on 9-under 135, three short of 36-hole leader Hudson Swafford (67), who also co-led after Round 1.
The Austrian landed eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, recording 1.750 putts per GIR with 28 total putts. He squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 5, offset by three birdies at 4, 12 and 18, the last a mid-range birdie-3 that will help dinner taste a little bit better after a pedestrian day on the greens. This was the 27-year-old's third 18-hole lead/co-lead in 52 events and had never gone on to be a R2 leader in the prior two either, but he did manage to record a sub-par round today, the first time he's accomplished that when co-leading after Day 1. The Georgia alum will play out of the fourth-to-last twosome in R3 with Xinjun Zhang.
Added Yesterday 7:23 pm (EST)
Non-member and sponsor invite Justin Suh painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the Corales Championship for a 36-hole total of 10-under 134, up five spots to T2, two adrift of leader Hudson Swafford (67).
The World No. 885 is making his 14th career TOUR start (12 pro), with one prior top 25, a T21 at last season's opposite-field Barracuda. That was eight weeks ago, in his most recent TOUR start, also on a sponsor exemption, and arrived off a T33 three weeks ago at the LOCALiQ Series' The Invitational at Auburn University Club. On nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, the Southern Cal alum carded five birdies at 4, 7, 8, 15 and 17 (chip-in), adding a bomb, par-saver at 18 to secure a penultimate pairing for Saturday's third round. He also opened with a 67 (1 eagle-3, 6 birdies, 3 bogeys).
Added Yesterday 7:02 pm (EST)
Making his tournament debut, World No. 190 Will Gordon handed in a 1-under-par 36-35=71 after the second round of the Corales Championship and at even-par 73-71=144, missed the cut by three shots.
A total of 74 pros from a field of 143 pros and one amateur made the 36-hole cut of 3-under 141, 21 (T54) on the number. Gordon, a pre-tourney 60/1 outright, was the top-drafted player in the DraftKings $600k Beach Vacation at 30.45 percent. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, he recorded 1.643 putts per GIR with 29 total putts. The Vanderbilt alum, who arrived off a T61 two weeks ago at the Safeway (72-67-70-73), carded three birdies and a fringe-shot eagle-3, taking some gloss off with two bogeys and a double bogey-6. For the short week, he totaled one eagle and seven birdies, versus five bogeys and two doubles. Other notable MCs include: 143- Jhonattan Vegas; Seamus Power; defender Graeme McDowell .. 144- Charles Howell III; Henrik Norlander; Chris Kirk .. 145- Kurt Kitayama .. 146- Corey Conners .. 147- Chris Baker.
Added Yesterday 6:31 pm (EST)
World No. 54 Mackenzie Hughes fashioned a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the Corales Championship to post 9-under 135, up 12 places on the live leaderboard to T5, three in arrears of 36-hole leader Hudson Swafford (67).
The 29-year-old was co-runner-up in the last edition contested in 2019 (69-70-66-66), one shot short of champion Graeme McDowell. He finished a career-best 14th in the FedExCup standings last season, qualifying for the TOUR Championship for the first time, going just 12-for-22, but recorded a couple of podiums among four top 10s. The Kent State alum hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.571 putts per GIR with 28 total putts. He squared a lone bogey-4 at hole 2, offset by six circles at 1, 6, 7, 12, 14 and 15. The Canadian, who arrived off a missed cut by two at last week's U.S. Open (72-76), opened with a five-birdie one-bogey 68.
Added Yesterday 5:58 pm (EST)
Making his tournament debut, World No. 69 Adam Long spun a 7-under-par 30-35=65 in the second round of the Corales Championship for a 36-hole tally of 9-under 135, up 42 spots on the live leaderboard to T4, three adrift of leader Hudson Swafford, who also co-led after R1.
The 33-year-old, celebrating his birthday today (Sep. 25th), found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, registering a sterling 1.333 putts per GIR with just 22 total putts. He squared two bogeys, back-to-back at 13 and 14, smothered by nine birdies at 1, six consecutive at 5-10, 12 and 16. The Duke alum, who opened with 70 (1 eagle-3, 1 birdie, 1 bogey), arrived off a career-major-best T13 at last week's U.S. Open on 7-over 287 (71-74-69-73), his first top 25 in his fifth major appearance.
Added Yesterday 5:32 pm (EST)
Making his tournament debut, World No. 146 Luke List enjoyed a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of the Corales Championship to reach 10-under 134, up 27 places on the live leaderboard to T2, two shy of leader Hudson Swafford (67),
Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 35-year-old landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.615 putts per GIR with 25 total putts. He rang up seven birdies at 10, 12, 16, 17, 4, 7 and 9, to go along with five birdies and an eagle-3 toward a first-round 69. The Vanderbilt alum, who finished 119th in the FedExCup standings last season with one top 10 in 22 starts, checked in off an uninspiring T65 two weeks ago at the Safeway (70-69-70-74).
Added Yesterday 5:10 pm (EST)
World No. 192 Patrick Rodgers bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round of the Corales Championship, up four places to T3 on 8-under 136, four swings back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Hudson Swafford (67).
The 28-year-old improved to nine (of 14) fairways and found 13 greens in regulation for a second straight lap. For a second consecutive day as well, he rang up seven birdies, but gave some back with four squares at 5, 13, 16 and 17, playing his final six holes in birdie-less 3-over. All of the Indiana native's six circles came in succession at 7-12, and registered 1.462 putts per GIR with 28 total putts. His career-best finish among 13 top 10s in 158 previous events is runner-up three times, most recently a P2 at the 2019 RSM Classic, where after making the cut T65 on the number (70-70), he catapulted up the board with 61-62.
Added Yesterday 1:52 pm (EST)
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