The American Xander Scheatele downgraded all his competitors in the CJ Cup, presented at the Shadow Creek club in Las Vegas, by handing a card of 64 (-8) on Friday.
The 26-year-old golfer has given himself a three-stroke priority over his pursuers by virtue of his cumulative score of 130 (-14).
There were a number of ways in which Sc Chaudele’s round was special. He was first very discreet on the nine to go by wedging only a birdie, before exploding during the next nine holes. The California native added seven birdies to his record, including six in a row to complete the course.
Sc Chaudele is yet to experience major tournament victory this season, despite coming very close on several occasions. He also has three second places and a third position in 2020.
Hatton still in the game
Englishman Tyrell Hatton, leader after 18 holes, had a checkered day. His seven birdies and three bogueys, for a card of 68 (-4), allow him to stay within striking distance of ScHotele. With a total score of -11, he will ensure the pursuit during the rounds of the weekend. He is followed by Russell Henley, who is four strokes behind the leader.
After a disappointing 72 (+0) round the night before, defending tournament champion Justin Thomas bounced back nicely. The American cut off six punches to par to tie for eighth. This leap of 24 steps allows him to keep eight moves from the top.
Among the Canadiens, only Adam Hadwin played par after two rounds. The Saskatchewan hit the ball 69 times (-3) and settled in 45e rank, tied with par. He is followed by Nick Taylor, who played 74 (+3) and who is 50e.
Ontarian Corey Conners had a good round of 70 (-2) to jump eight places. He is 17 shots from Scheatele. In the end, Mackenzie Hughes lost 24 places due to his 75 strokes on the second day. He is 61e, at +4.