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World No. 2036 Dudley Hart withdrew during the weather-delayed second round of the Barbasol Championship, 1-over thru 16 holes and 3-over total.

The last time we chronicled Hart's action was in August, 2015, where he WD during R1 of the Wyndham with a back injury. That was his last start on a Major Medical Extension that stemmed from two back fusion surgeries, and has made just one start in each of the past two seasons. The 49-year-old, who turns 50 next month, may take a stab at the PGA TOUR Champions, but his back has been ailing him for some time now, undergoing the first fusion surgery in 2009. The University of Florida product now has 38 mid-tourney WDs in 486 events. No information was supplied as to this early exit, probably having more to do with being six short of the projected cut line with two holes remaining.
Jul 21 - 7:37 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

With preferred lies in effect, World No. 98 Billy Horschel tossed up a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-32=66 in the weather-delayed second round of the Barbasol Championship to post 13-under 131, currently in 2nd-place, which is where he began, two shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Troy Merritt.

Making his tournament debut, the 31-year-old found 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.884 strokes approaching and 3.869 tee-to-green. He carded six birdies, including all four par 5s, registering 1.800 putts per GIR and -0.093 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. Two of the Floridian's circles were 2-putt varieties, walked off with his long of the day at 18 from 15'4", and added a hole-out 3 at the par-4 10th from 21'4" away.
Jul 20 - 6:09 PM

With preferred lies in effect, sponsor invite and World No. 466 Josh Teater smoothed a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-35=66 in the weather-delayed second round of the Barbasol Championship for a 36-hole tally of 10-under 134, up 23 spots to T5, five short of clubhouse leader Troy Merritt.

This is the Kentuckian's second event of the season after a T37 at The RSM Classic and just his fourth in the last two seasons. In no-man's land with no status, he's taking advantage of a rare start, chasing a five-birdie, one-bogey 68 with four more birdies in R2 and an eagle-3 from 13'6". The 39-year-old landed 12 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, gaining 2.356 strokes off-the-tee and 2.470 on approach. His birdie split featured two conversions from between 12 and 37 feet, recording 1.824 putts per GIR and 0.425 SG: Putting, needing 32 total putts.
Jul 20 - 5:58 PM

Playing this season on Past Champion status, World No. 704 Hunter Mahan authored a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the weather-delayed second round of the Barbasol Championship to reach 10-under 134, currently T5, which is where he began, five back of 36-hole clubhouse leader and playing competitor Troy Merritt.

This is the 36-year-old's third appearance with one prior cash, a T64 last year (RTJ Trail). He checked in 163rd in the FedExCup standings with two top 25s among 10 cashes in 17 starts and off a T34 at last week's John Deere. After kicking off with a seven-birdie, one-bogey-66, the Oklahoma State product hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation in R2, losing 0.657 strokes around-the-green but gaining 2.982 on approach. He squared a lone bogey-4 at hole 7, outpaced by five circles, two in the 11-to-13 foot range. The Dallas resident posted 1.765 putts per GIR and -0.890 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Jul 20 - 5:45 PM

With preferred lies in effect, World No. 406 Shawn Stefani carded a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the Barbasol Championship for a 36-hole total of 10-under 134, currently T5, which is where he began, five adrift of clubhouse leader Troy Merritt.

The second round is on suspension due to inclement weather with just 41 players (of 128) having gotten their rounds completed. Stefani was one of the lucky ones, outpacing two bogeys with six birdies on 12 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. The 36-year-old lost 0.799 strokes on approach but gained 0.902 off-the-tee and 1.138 on-the-green with 27 total putts. His split included two conversions from between 12 and 18 feet, posting 1.615 putts per GIR.
Jul 20 - 5:27 PM

Zander Lombard slowed his pace during round two of The 147th Open, but still kept his name in the mix with an even-par 34-37=71, entering the weekend on 4-under 138 which places him two off the pace.

World No. 444 was one of the big surprises on day one. The South African fired out of the gate again today, picking off birdies at 3 and 7 to reach 6-under on the front nine this week (bogey-free). He struggled a bit on the tough, closing stretch and caught a lip-out at the par-4 18th to settle for par. Lombard called this year a "foundation year" as he's been working on his mental approach off-the-course in the hope that it will build a stronger foundation for the rest of his career. All the hard work appears to be paying off and the 23-year-old could be ready to make the next leap in his young career.
Jul 20 - 4:41 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 680 Zecheng Dou withdrew during the weather-delayed second round of the Barbasol Championship.

At press time, no injury has been cited for Dou, who records his second mid-tourney WD in 23 events, second this season in 20 starts. His maiden campaign on the big stage is not going well, entering the week 223rd in the FedExCup standings with four made cuts against 14 missed cuts and no top-25 finishes. The 21-year-old, who lives in Las Vegas, was 2-over thru 16 holes and 9-over total after opening with 79 (2 birdies, 7 bogeys, 1 double bogey-6).
Jul 20 - 4:37 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

World No. 1473 Carl Pettersson withdrew during the weather-delayed second round of the Barbasol Championship.

The Swede was even-par thru three holes and 5-over total after opening with 77 (4 birdies, 6 bogeys, 1 triple bogey-6). This is his ninth mid-tourney WD in 432 events, first of the season in nine starts on Past Champion status. The 40-year-old has missed 10 straight cuts dating to last season and has not recorded a top 25 since 2015. No injury was cited at press time.
Jul 20 - 4:28 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

World No. 1119 George McNeill withdrew prior to the second round of the Barbasol Championship.

At press time, no information has been provided for McNeill's exit. This is his 13th mid-tourney WD in 273 events, first of the season in eight starts on Past Champion status. The 42-year-old had opened with an even-par 72 (3 birdies, 3 bogeys) in his third appearance. He WD from this same event last year during the final round.
Jul 20 - 4:19 PM

World No. 2036 Len Mattiace withdrew prior to the start of the second round of the Barbasol Championship.

The 50-year-old, who hasn't played a full TOUR schedule since 2006, was making just his second start of the season (CUT, Corales) and records his first mid-tourney WD in 400 career events. This was his third Barbasol after missed cuts in 2015 and 2017, and opened with a 4-over 76 (2 birdies, 4 bogeys, 1 double bogey-6). The Wake Forest alum is a rookie on the PGA TOUR Champions this year and is 5-for-6 but has yet to record a finish inside the top 50. At press time, no injury was cited for his early exit.
Jul 20 - 4:09 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



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