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Adrien Saddier staggered through the third round of the BMW South African Open, but by day's end his 1-over-par 36-37=73 was not entirely disastrous; he lies T3 on 12-under 204 at Glendower Golf Club, three shots back of leader Chris Paisley.

The Frenchman was in new territory when he shared the 36-hole lead, never before having been in the top five at halfway on the European Tour. On the opening ten holes it showed. He made birdie at the two par-5s in that stretch (2 and 8), but dropped shots at 4, 9 and 10. He had played 13 through 17 in 7-under during the opening two laps; on Saturday he scratched par at every one of those holes and did so at 11, 12 and 18 too. His approach to the final hole was excellent from thick rough, giving him an 8'0" look at birdie, but it lipped out. It meant that he had failed to one putt a single green all day. Should he remain in the top five it will be his career best at this level (currently T6 2013 Nelson Mandela Invitational).
Jan 13 - 10:18 AM

The second round of the Barbasol Championship has been called for the day due to inclement weather still in the area. Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday.

Just 41 players (of 127) where able to get their respective laps in the books. The calling of play came after a delay that had already exceeded two hours with no end in sight. Overnight leader and World No. 327 Troy Merritt was fortunate to get around Keene Trace GC before the suspension, chasing his opening 62 with a seven-birdie, two-bogey 67 to post the clubhouse lead on 15-under 129. With preferred lies in effect, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.714 putts per GIR and 1.558 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. If the lead holds up, it'll be the 32-year-old's second 36-hole lead/co-lead in 178 events, first since the 2015 RBC Heritage where he eventually finished solo 3rd.
Jul 20 - 6:22 PM

Tony Finau had some early-morning injury concerns but recovered nicely to record an even-par 35-36=71 during round two of The 147th Open, sharing a piece of sixth place on 4-under 138 after 36 holes.

The big hitter was striking it well today but couldn't get the putts to drop. With his stellar striking, it was surprising to hear about the following, "I did a workout this morning. I had a weird back spasm as soon as I finished my workout about three hours before my round. So I couldn't barely bend over." In the end, he was able to play despite the back troubles. Finau peppered 13 greens in regulation. After 36 holes, Finau ranks 1st in the field with 11 total birdies, ahead of Brooks Koepka who is the only other golfer in double digits. Finau has now been inside the top 10 thru 36 holes in five of his 10 major championship appearances.
Jul 20 - 4:30 PM

Jon Rahm ballooned to a 7-over-par 41-37=78 during round two of The 147th Open, plummetting down the leaderboard to miss the cut by two strokes at 5-over 147.

A total of 78 pros and one amateur made the cut at Carnoustie Golf Links. Sam Locke was the amateur who secured low am of the week already. Jon Rahm was a surprise MC this week, especially when you consider he was inside the top 10 after R1. The Spaniard had some bad luck in bunkers today and never got back on track (going triple bogey-boggey-double bogey at holes 7 thru 9). Rahm is now 6-for-10 in majors with just one top 20. Other notables to miss the cut include: 146- World No. 2 Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, Hideki Matsuyama; 147- Brian Harman; 148- World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson; 150- Past Carnoustie champ Padraig Harrington; 154- Ian Poulter.
Jul 20 - 4:21 PM

Jordan Spieth styled a 4-under-par 34-33=67 during the second round of The 147th Open, climbing 39 spots on the leaderboard to sit in a share of 11th place (3-under 139) at halftime.

Spieth circled birdies at 3, 5, 10, 11, and to climb inside the top 10. He dropped a shot on the difficult closing stretch but it was a three-shot improvement on the final stretch, compared to R1. Spieth is now 8-under par on Holes 1 thru 14 and 5-over on holes 15 thru 18. The Texan split just seven (of 15) fairways but gave himself plenty of short approaches from the fescue. "I'd certainly rather play boring golf, but missing in the right places, I kind of take pride in, okay, I miss that, but the hole opens up for me here, and it makes it not too bad." He entered without a top 20 since the Masters but he's got himself right back in the thick of things now, entering the weekend just three of the pace of co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Zach Johnson.
Jul 20 - 3:56 PM

Due to inclement weather, the second round of the Barbasol Championship was suspended at 3:25 PM ET with players being removed from the course.

Davis Love III, 54 years young, got his lap completed before the stoppage, authoring a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-35=68 (preferred lies) to back up a five-birdie, one-bogey 68 in the opener. He reached the midpoint on 8-under 136, up 15 spots on the day to T13, seven shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Troy Merritt, who was also the first-round pacesetter. This is Love III's second Barbasol after a T67 last year at the former venue (RTJ Trail). The suspension was the first of the day, though the start of R2 was delayed by 2 hours, 30 minutes due to inclement weather. That after having moved tee times ahead by 1 hour, 20 minutes the day before.
Jul 20 - 3:42 PM

Xander Schauffele made a big move up the leaderboard in round two of The Open Championship, tossing together a 5-under-par 35-31=66, jumping more than 25 spots on the live leaderboard into a share of third place (5-under 137), just one off the co-leaders.

It took Schauffele 10 holes to pick off his first birdie this week. Over the next 27 holes, he's circled six birdies and an eagle to offset two bogeys (three bogeys total on the week). Today it was all about driving as he used his distance but also piped 10 (of 15) fairways. From there, his putter caught fire as he needed just 24 swipes with the flat stick by day's end. The highlight of the day came at the par-5 14th where he rolled in an eagle from around 20 feet. The San Diego State product continues to be a big-game hunter. He has eight career top 10s with four of those coming at the U.S. Open (x2), the TOUR Championship, and THE PLAYERS. This won't beat Tommy Fleetwood's 65 from this morning, but this will be the second-best round of the day.
Jul 20 - 3:15 PM

Pat Perez was blemish-free thru 17 holes before swallowing his lone bogey of the day, still managing a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 5-under 137 at the midpoint of The 147th Open, currently one off the pacesetters at the top.

The ASU product split 10 (of 15) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation. Those aren't the stats that you'd expect from a one-bogey effort. It was his short game that did most of the talking, needing just 26 swipes with the putter today. Perez has traded 8 birdies with three bogeys through 36 holes at Carnoustie Golf Links. His previous best positioning through 36 holes of an Open Championship was T20 in 2007, which happens to be when Carnoustie last hosted this event. Perez would go on to finish T20 that week which is his only top 65 at The Open in four attempts. There is clearly something about the layout that he likes since he arrived on the heels of eight straight (individual) starts without a top 35.
Jul 20 - 2:01 PM

Overnight leader Kevin Kisner maintained his place at the front of the field after day two of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie but he's now tied for top spot with Zach Johnson on 6-under 136 following a double bogey at 18 in his 1-under-par 34-36=70.

Anyone who thought the American would just be Thursday's story looked to be badly mistaken as the World No. 33 cruised to the 18th tee with a two-shot lead after hitting 8-under. But after a loose drive, his second from rough found the Barry Burn in front of the green, forcing a double bogey-6. Prior to that sting in the tail, Kisner had outpaced bogeys at 8 and 10 with red circles at 5, 7, 9, 13 and 14. Back in August, Kisner had a piece of the lead after 18, 36 and 54 holes of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow before slipping to T7 so it's no surprise that he did plenty of good work today. Inevitably, his putter cooled after he took just 22 swishes in round one (29 on his second lap) while he hit more fairways (9 of 15) and greens (13) today. On the live board, there are two other players at 6-under, Pat Perez after 14 and Zander Lombard after 8, so Kisner may lose his T1 position by close of play.
Jul 20 - 12:55 PM

David Duval swallowed a 9-over-par 80 in round one of The 147th Open and then withdrew before his second-round tee time, citing an illness.

Phil Casey of the Press Association reported via social media, "Former champion David Duval withdraws from @TheOpen before second round due to illness. The 2001 winner shot 80 on Thursday." Duval has now had an early exit in each of his last 10 (individual) starts on the PGA TOUR. His last cut made came at the 2015 Open Championship (T49).
Jul 20 - 11:17 AM

With a walk-off birdie at Carnoustie's tough 18th, Zach Johnson completed a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in round two of the 147th Open Championship in Scotland and posted the new clubhouse lead of 6-under 136.

That's one shot clear of Tommy Fleetwood and two in front of Rory McIlroy. Johnson won the Claret Jug in 2015 at St. Andrews and deserves the tag of tournament specialist having finished T14 or better in five of the last six Opens although he's never been higher than fourth at the midpoint. Johnson hit 7 (of 15) fairways, pelted 14 greens and took 28 putts for the second day running. In wet, rainy conditions on the Angus links this morning, the American swallowed a bogey at the very first hole but then didn't look back. He quickly atoned for that early dropped shot with red circles at 3, 4 and 6 to turn in 34 and picked up further shots at 14 and 18 (25 feet) to edge in front of Fleetwood.
Jul 20 - 8:33 AM

Rory McIlroy continued his push for a second Claret Jug by authoring a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in round two of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, nudging four spots up the live leaderboard to T4 on 4-under 138, just a shot behind pacesetter Tommy Fleetwood.

The 2014 champion now has a pair of 69s to start with this week although he had more control off the tee today, finding 47% of the fairways after hitting just 27% in round one. He hit one less green in regulation (13) today whilst needing 30 putts. The Northern Irishman opened with six straight pars before holing from 12 feet for a first birdie of a rainy morning on the links at 7. On his second nine, he outpaced bogeys at 12 and 15 with red circles at 10 (15ft), 13 (10ft) and 14 and also made a good par save from 15ft at 12. "A lot more irons off tees and a lot more conservative but ended up being the same score. So I'm pretty pleased with that," he said. McIlroy has made the top five in his last three Opens and yet, pre-event, there were still doubts over his ability to play this style of golf.
Jul 20 - 8:20 AM




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