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Andrew Johnston swallowed a double bogey-6 at his closing hole but will head into the final 36 holes of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in T8 and just four off Joost Luiten's lead after serving up an even-par 33-38=71 in Friday's second round.

Beef won the Open de Espana at Valderrama last year and is making a good fist of landing a second win there after posting 2-under 140 at the midpoint. Following up his opening 69, Johnston made a good early move with red circles at 2 and 5 before a run of five holes which produced two birdies (9 and 11), two bogeys (7 and 10) and a par. That gain at 11 took him back to 4-under and he stayed there thanks to six pars but the Englishman made a mess of the par-4 18th and needed six blows to get down. Of course, he still stayed around to sign numerous autographs and expect him to to remain a title contender on the weekend.
Oct 20 - 1:55 PM

Jon Rahm could only add a 4-over-par 40-35=75 to his opening 74 and, at 7-over 149, missed the cut in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters by three shots.

Rahm's fate was all but secured after the outward 40 today which included bogeys at 13, 16, 17 and 18 and he couldn't repair the damage coming home to the disappointment of his home Spanish fans. Not what the sponsors wanted and the World No. 5, like many before him, ends his Valderrama debut 1-down to the former Ryder Cup venue. Others to miss the cut included: 148- Robert Karlsson ... 150- Stephen Gallacher, Gregory Bourdy, Marcel Siem ... 151 Mikko Ilonen ... 154- Alvaro Quiros ... 159- Gregory Havret.
Oct 20 - 1:42 PM

Just two players have both rounds in the 60s at the halfway mark of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain and Scott Jamieson is one of them after hoisting up a 3-under-par 33-35=68 on Friday to nudge up four spots to T2.

The Scot will go into the weekend just one back from Joost Luiten after firing the joint-second best round on Friday as Valderrama really bared its teeth. Jamieson suffered an early setback when making bogey at his second hole but from the fifth to the 16th he scribbled five birdies and seven pars to move into a tie for the lead. It looked as if he might undo a chunk of that good work when driving out of bounds on the par-5 17th but Jamieson made a birdie with his second ball and parred the last to round off an excellent afternoon lap. The 33-year-old, who sits 80th on the Race to Dubai, could only shoot 78-76 when playing this course for the first time in last year's Open de Espana.
Oct 20 - 1:21 PM

Sergio Garcia had to settle for an even-par 34-37=71 in his second round at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters but he'll go into the final 36 holes just one off leader Joost Luiten after posting 5-under 137 at the halfway mark.

The tournament host has had much better days on what he calls his favorite track in the world but his opening 67 gave him breathing space and conditions were harder for him in the afternoon session today. He took his score to 6-under at the turn following birdies at 4 and 9 against a bogey at 8 for the second day running but then hit a sticky patch with five pars along with dropped shots at 12 and 16, the latter after a three-putt. Two big blows to the par-5 17th set up a bounceback birdie and Garcia escaped from sand at the last to stay in the thick of contention. Given his course record of 10 top 10s, he's the man to beat going into the final 36 holes although he revealed later that he'd aggravated a wrist injury and needs to manage it with anti-inflammatories.
Oct 20 - 12:34 PM

Robert Rock took his birdie count to 11 through 36 holes of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters after splashing five more in a 1-under-par 35-35=70 that took him to 5-under 137 at the midpoint, good enough for T3 on the live leaderboard with round two finishing up and just one behind clubhouse leader Joost Luiten.

Like most this week, Rock has had to scribble bogeys on his card and there were four more today. But he's more than making up for it with a string of red circles. Starting with a par at 10, the Englishman picked up his first shot of the round at the par-5 11th and added another on the long 17th before giving it back at 18. He parred the 1st before an adventurous ride home which saw him tick 2, 6 and 8 but give those gains back with squares at 4, 5 and 9. He'll be chasing a first European Tour win since 2012 this weekend.
Oct 20 - 12:22 PM

Joost Luiten holed his second shot at the par-5 11th hole for the rarest of birds, that albatross helping him to a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in round two of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters and the new clubhouse lead of 6-under 136.

It was quite a ride for the Dutchman at Valderrama today as he dropped shots on the other two longs holes, meaning his scores on the par 5s at 4, 11 and 17 were the unlikely combination of 6-2-6. After an even-par first nine, the joint overnight leader bogeyed 10 but then played the next two holes in 4-under after draining his four-iron from 227 yards and following it with birdie-2 at the next. It briefly gave him a three-shot lead but he fell back from 8-under to 6-under after Valderrama bit back and he bogeyed 15 and 17 before parring the last.
Oct 20 - 12:11 PM

Local man Pablo Larrazábal put it in reverse in round two of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters but, with scoring tough, his 2-over-par 38-35=73 was still enough to keep him in the mix going into the weekend.

The Spaniard opened with 67 to lie just one back at halfway so could absorb a sticky round and that was the case today as he made four bogeys against just two birdies to post 2-under 140 at the midpoint. That's just two off the clubhouse lead held by Ben Evans and five back from Joost Luiten, who has two to play. On the live leaderboard he's T10 with day two drawing to a close. Starting at 10, Larrazabal swallowed bogeys at 13 and 16 before dropping another shot at 2. Another one went at 7 but he posted birdies either side at 4 and 8 to give his home galleries something to cheer and secure a late tee-time in round three.
Oct 20 - 11:37 AM

Jamie Donaldson shot the best score of the morning wave on day two of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, a 4-under-par 35-32=67 which lifted him over 40 spots up the leaderboard and into contention.

With the afternoon session in play, the Welshman's halfway score of 2-under 140 currently puts him T10 and just five back from two-shot leader Joost Luiten, who has three to play. Before today, Donaldson had never broken par at Valderrama, an unwanted record that stretched to 13 rounds after a 73 in round one. After playing his first nine holes in even par following birdies at 6 and 8 against bogeys at 7 and 9, the former Ryder Cup star was struggling to make an impact again. But he went from 2-over to 2-under with a superb back nine that produced red circles at 10, 11, 14 and 17.
Oct 20 - 11:27 AM

Playing on a sponsor invite, World No. 242 Seung-Yul Noh hung up a day-low bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a two-day total of even-par 144, up 41 places to T36.

The 26-year-old labored to an opening 79 that included four bogeys, a double bogey-6 and triple bogey-7, but went 14 better on Day 2. Not only was his effort 8.346 strokes better than the field average, he carded one of only two blemish-free laps in R2, the other belonging to 36-hole leader Luke List (67), whom Noh trails by nine at the midpoint. The South Korea native and resident landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, registering 1.571 putts per GIR. He circled five birdies at holes 2, 5, 9, 10 and 12, walking off with eagle-3 at 18. Noh ended last season with three straight missed cuts and at 110th in the FedExCup standings, but tuned up with a T5 on the Korean Tour four weeks ago, just his third top 10 (anywhere) in his last 39 starts.
Oct 20 - 9:24 AM

World No. 46 Branden Grace styled a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to post 5-under 72-67=139, up 41 spots to T10, four adrift of 36-hole leader Luke List.

The 29-year-old didn't have the low round of the day, that belonged to Korea's Seung-Yul Noh (65). However, his 67 was tied for second-best lap and was 6.346 strokes better than the field average in R2. The South African, who makes his U.S. base in Palm Beach Gardens, circled six birdies at Nos. 1, 5, 6, 12, 14 and 18, camouflaging a lone bogey-6 at 9. He split all 14 fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, recording 1.688 putts per GIR. Thru 36 holes, Grace is T1 in GIR at 88.89 percent (32/36) and T2 in driving accuracy at 92.86 percent (26/28).
Oct 20 - 9:07 AM

World No. 205 Whee Kim crafted a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to reach 6-under 138, up six places to T6, three shy of 36-hole leader Luke List.

The 25-year-old is one of 17 Korean players in the 78-man field and at the midpoint, the only one residing in the top 20. He kicked off with 68, cancelling two birdies with two bogeys but bookended two eagle-3s at holes 9 and 18. The Seoul native returned on Day 2 to card three birdies against one bogey on 13 (of 14) fairways -- for a second lap in a row -- and 18 greens in regulation. His ball striking is obviously on-point, T2 in driving accuracy and T11 in greens in regulation at halfime, but he's 71st in putts per GIR at 1.966, lowlighted by a pedestrian 2.000 mark in R2.
Oct 20 - 8:37 AM

With birdies at his final three holes, Ricardo Gouveia authored a 1-under-par 38-32=70 in his second round at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain to land at 3-under 139 after 36 holes.

That's just one swing back from early clubhouse leader Ben Evans and two behind on-course pacesetters Sergio Garcia, Joost Luiten and Robert Rock. Gouveia is 114th on the Race to Dubai so needs a big week to avoid Q-School. An opening 69 put him in good position here but outward bogeys at 2, 4 and 8 suggested he was losing the battle with Valderrama. Not so. The Portuguese star steadied the ship with three pars, made his first birdie of the day at 12 and then surged back up the leaderboard (currently T6) after gains at 16, 17 and 18.
Oct 20 - 8:30 AM

World No. 97 Chez Reavie salvaged an even-par 35-37=72 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a two-day total of 6-under 138, down four places to T6, three shy of 36-hole leader Luke List.

The 35-year-old navigated a bogey-free 66 in R1, one of only two blemish-free laps in the opener. He was unable to reproduce the magic on Day 2, circling four birdies at Nos. 5, 6, 14 and 17, but swallowing a bogey, bogey, double bogey-6 letdown at 9-11. The Kansas native hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR. He's currently No. 1 in putts per GIR with a cumulative 1.630. The Arizona State product, making his 232nd career start, won his only TOUR title at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open -- during his rookie season -- 204 starts ago.
Oct 20 - 8:28 AM

World No. 1,799 Oliver Wilson birdied four of his final eight holes to complete a 1-under-par 37-33=70 in the second round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters and reach 3-under 139 at the midpoint, just one behind clubhouse leader Ben Evans and currently good enough for T5 on the live board.

Where has this come from? Wilson has missed 14 of his last 20 worldwide cuts and, going further back, hasn't managed even as much as a top 20 since his shock win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2014. With nothing better than T45 in a Challenge Tour event this season, Valderrama hardly seems a likely venue for Wilson to find something but he's in position for a weekend challenge after turning another difficult day into a very good one. After finishing day one in T6 after a 69, Wilson slipped back to 1-over after bogeys at 1, 8 and 10. But instead of the usual script playing out, he came up with an unexpected rush of red with circles at 11, 13, 14 and 18 to jump back into contention.
Oct 20 - 8:22 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 23 Patrick Reed patched together an even-par 36-36=72 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, falling four spots to T6 on 6-under 138, three back of 36-hole leader Luke List.

On a challenging day for scoring, the 27-year-old cancelled two birdies at holes 18 and 5 with two bogey-5s at 16 and 6. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, and while the flat stick was working in R1, with 1.583 putts per GIR, the Texan mustered a commercial 1.923 mark on Day 2. This is his 154th career start on TOUR with his most recent (of five) titles coming 33 starts ago at the 2016 Barclays, where he was the 36-hole leader by two.
Oct 20 - 8:14 AM



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