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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

Ben Evans battled to a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in round two of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain to reach 4-under 138 through 36 holes and set the early clubhouse target on Friday.

That's good enough for T3 on the live leaderboard, with overnight leaders Sergio Garcia and Joost Luiten just one shot in front having started out with opening pars. The round looked to be getting away from the Englishman a little bit when he reached the 11th tee over par for the day after bogeys at 2 and 10 against a single birdie at 6. Those dropped shots came on holes he'd birdied in his opening 69 but he flipped the script at 11, taking just four blows having swallowed bogey-6 on Thursday. Evans then birdied 12, added one more circle at 17 and signed for a par at 18 to complete a very solid morning's work. He currently sits 138th on the Race to Dubai having split his time between the European and Challenge Tours this season but has flourished in recent ET starts with a top three in the Made In Denmark and T12 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship two weeks ago.
Oct 20 - 8:01 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 16 Marc Leishman sleepwalked to an even-par 35-37=72 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, falling four places to T6 on 6-under 138.

The 33-year-old, who celebrates his birthday in four days (Oct. 24th), began in a five-way T2 after an opening 66, three off the pace, and while he tread water, so did the lead. Signing for a three-birdie three-bogey effort, he's still three back, trailing new leader Luke List. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, resident landed nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.929 putts per GIR. On a cool, breezy day, the field scoring average was 2.4 strokes higher in R2 than R1 at 73.346, so he despite backing up on the leaderboard, he actually gained strokes on the field.
Oct 20 - 7:59 AM

Graham DeLaet posted a round of 8-over-par 40-40=80 at The CJ CUP before calling it quits due to a back injury, he was 6-over at the time of WD.

The Canadian swallowed six bogeys and a pair of doubles today as he grinded out a round of 80. DeLaet is no stranger to back issues as he's dealt with it for most of his career, but they continue to worsen as this goes in the books as his seven career mid-tournament WD, all coming in his last 76 starts (0 in his first 100 PGA TOUR starts). This doesn't appear to be an injury that will just get better with time. Instead it's likely to be nagging him for the remainder of his career, some weeks more than others.
Oct 20 - 4:51 AM

Cameron Smith maintained his run of strong play, posting a 4-under-par 32-36=68 during round two of The CJ CUP at Nine Bridges, jumping 16 spots to place him in a share of fourth place on 7-under 137 as he heads into the weekend.

The young Aussie opened his day on the back nine by trading a pair of birdies with a pair of bogeys in his first five holes. He maintained steady ball-striking today with 15 greens in regulation, but it was all pars until he hit the homeward nine. From there, he circled birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 5, and 6 without dropping any more shots along the way. Today's 4-under 68 beat the field average by 5.346 strokes as the scoring conditions really toughened compared to R1. The 24-year-old arrived with finishes of T5 and T12 in his last two starts and continues to shine. We may be looking at a breakout campaign on the horizon as the Aussie plays his third full season on TOUR.
Oct 20 - 4:41 AM

Overnight leader Justin Thomas took a step back in round two of The CJ CUP at Nine Bridges, swallowing a 2-over-par 39-35=74 to find himself at 7-under 137 after 36 holes, good for a share of fourth place.

Thomas was in the zone on Thursday but couldn't find that same success as the scoring conditions toughened on Friday. Most notable was his dip in par-5 performance. In round one he circled two birdies and two eagles to play the par 5s at 6-under-par. Today, all he could muster up was three pars and a bogey. The opening round is much closer to what we should expect to see from Thomas as the week goes on. However, he did admit to playing on Empty after a long year, looking forward to stashing his clubs away after this week. Gamers should expect a bounce-back performance over the weekend as Thomas looks to pick up his fifth victory of the 2017 calendar year.
Oct 20 - 4:35 AM

Scott Brown settled for a 2-under-par 38-32=70 during round two of The CJ CUP at Nine Bridges, maintaining a share of second place as he enters the weekend on 8-under 136.

Brown did plenty of damage in round one when the scoring was much easier to come by. In round one, the field averaged 70.948 strokes while today that declined more than two strokes, with the field averaging just 73.346 (+1.346 over par) in round two. The Augusta, Georgia, native was still able to feast on the back nine today, trading five birdies with a bogey after the turn. All his woes came earlier in the round, as he swallowed three bogeys on the outward nine. In 163 career starts, the only other time Brown has been inside the top 3 after two rounds was the 2013 Puerto Rico Open (solo second thru R2). Brown would go on to win that event, still his lone PGA TOUR victory.
Oct 20 - 4:26 AM

Aggressive play helped Lucas Glover twirl a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during the second round of The CJ CUP at Nine Bridges, staking out a share of second place on 8-under 136, alongside Scott Brown.

The ball-striking specialist lived up to his reputation today, pelting 16 greens in regulation after finding just 12 in round one. It was more than just smooth striking that got the job done today, though. Glover bombed in two of his seven birdies from just outside 35 feet, first from 35 feet at the par-4 11th and then again from 36 feet at the par-4 16th. Putting is never his strong suit, so anytime he can catch fire with the flat stick, he's going to make noise on the leaderboard. The Clemson product will not need to keep his foot on the gas for two more rounds as he searches for his fourth career win, first since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship.
Oct 20 - 4:19 AM

Luke List styled a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round two of The CJ CUP at Nine Bridges, climbing to 9-under 135 on the week, good for a one-shot lead at the midpoint.

List split eight (of 14) fairways and landed 15 greens in regulation on day one. Today, he posted similar numbers, except one fewer GIR. Still, the results were much different at he traded six birdies with a pair of bogeys in R1 but kept a clean card en route to five birdies today. The big hitter always packs a scoring punch when there are four par 5s on a course, currently 5-under on the par 5s for the week. This will go in the books as his second career 54-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR, previously finishing T14 at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open after leading at the midpoint. The 32-year-old has five career top 10s in 95 starts but he's still searching for his maiden win.
Oct 20 - 4:12 AM



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