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Overnight co-leaders Kyle Stanley and Ryan Ruffels handed in a 6-under-par 32-34=66 after the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 12-under 132, down four places to T5, three shy of 36-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

The pairing opened with 66 in alternate shot, co-leading with Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer, who coincidentally, also carded another 66 in four-ball action. Stanley kicked off the scoring in R2 with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 2 and 3, the latter from 17'8", and dropped in a third for the good from 12'5" at the par-4 fifth. Their lone drop came at the par-4 sixth, with both players failing to get up and down, with Ruffels getting on the board with a 2-putt birdie at the par-5 seventh and birdie-3 at eight (from 4'3"). On holes 9-14, Stanley's score only counted one time, a par 5 at the 11th, but Ruffels steadied pars at 10, 13 and 14, adding birdie-3 at the par-4 13th after nearly driving the green. Stanley finished the day with a walk-off 4 at the par-5 18th from 30'8".
Apr 28 - 8:14 PM

Auburn Tiger products Jason Dufner and Patton Kizzire cruised to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 34-30=64 during the second round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, reaching 11-under 133 to sit four strokes off the leaders at the top.

This duo was racking up birdies in bunches during Thursday while playing alternate shot (7 birdies) so it's no surprise to see the birdies continue to fly in round two. They started on the back nine and reached 5-under before making the turn. Highlights included a pair of hole outs from Jason Dufner, first from 39 feet for birdie at the par-4 12th and then from 32 yards for eagle at the par-5 18th. With a combined five top 10s in seven vists to TPC Louisiana, it's no surprise to see these Auburn Tigers near the top of the leaderboard. After best ball today, they will now shift back to alternate shot for Saturday's round.
Apr 28 - 7:22 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Troy Merritt and Robert Streb bogeyed the par-4 12th but otherwise painted a 10-under-par 31-31=62 for a 36-hole tally of 13-under 131, up eight places on the live leaderboard to T3, two in arrears of clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

The duo is the sixth team to post 62 in Day 2 four-ball action, while Tyrone Van Aswegen and Retief Goosen fired a week-low 60 just before them. Merritt didn't record a score on eight of his holes, but did contribute three birdies at holes 14, 2 and 6, two of those kick ins and beginning with a pitch-in 2 at the 14th from 68'2" away. Streb did the lion's share of the lifting, carding birdies at 13, 15, 17, 18, 5, 7 and 8, two from between 13 and 15 feet with a long of 24'9" at the par-3 17th. Streb also added a pitch-in 3 at the par-4 15th from 77'5" right of the target.
Apr 28 - 7:18 PM

Playing best ball in round two of the Zurich Classic, Tyrone Van Aswegen and Retief Goosen torched TPC Louisiana with a bogey-free, 12-under-par 30-30=60, soaring up to 11-under 133 after 36 holes, good for a spot inside the top 10.

The South African duo failed to get much started on day one while playing alternate shot, trading four birdies with two bogeys and a triple. It could have been a late-night range session or just a switch to the four-ball format that did the trick. Whatever it was, this team was clicking on all cylinders today. Highlights include seven birdie splashes from Goosen, four from outside 10 feet. Van Aswegen played the Robin role to Goosen's Batman, still managing to add three birdies in addition to an eagle (6'7") at the par-5 seventh. This goes in the books as the low round of the day and is the first score to finally beat the individual course record which is held by Ben Martin (62, R1 of 2014 edition). Unfortunately for the South Africans, they will have to flip the switch back to alternate-shot format in round three.
Apr 28 - 6:49 PM

Past champ K.J. Choi and World No. 1185 Charlie Wi smoothed a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the midpoint on 13-under 131, currently T3 on the leaderboard and two adrift of clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

Choi won this event in 2002 (English Turn G&CC), his first of eight TOUR wins. Wi, who has no status on TOUR, was runner-up at the current venue in 2009, and is making just his second start of the season (T57, Sanderson Farms). After an opening 67 (alternate shot), the pairing began T3, and one back, and maintained their position on the board, circling eight birdies, with Choi providing the bulk of that carding six. Wi birdied Nos. 8 and 16, the latter from 14'3", while Choi circled 1, 2, 6, 11, 13 and 17, all six from between six and 24 feet, with a long of 23'3" at the par-4 sixth.
Apr 28 - 6:41 PM

David Lingmerth and Danny Lee hung up a 10-under-par 31-31=62 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 10-under 134, up 35 places on the live leaderboard to T9 and matching the low round in the clubhouse with four other squads.

The international's tread water on Day 1 in alternate shot, silencing five birdies with three bogeys and double bogey-6 at eight. As would be expected (or should be), they were much better at four-ball on Friday, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at 15 with nine birdies and eagle-3 at the seventh, the latter Lingmerth's only scoring contribution on the front nine (from 8'11"). Lee wrote down birdies at Nos. 2, 8 and 9 on his first nine, the latter from 32'4" at the par-3 ninth, adding birdies at 13 and 17, ending their scoring with a 27'2" birdie-2. Along with Lingmerth's 3 at the par-5 seventh, he circled 10, 11, 14 and 16, two from between nine and 10 feet, though he did miss a birdie try at the par-5 18th from 4'5".
Apr 28 - 3:27 PM

Xander Schauffele and Tag Ridings played good team golf en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64 during round two of the Zurich Classic, staking out a spot inside the top 10 on 12-under 132.

This squad swallowed six individual bogeys, but they bailed each other out in all six instances with the other teammate penciling par or better. That includes the closing, par-5 18th where Ridings found water off the tee but Schaufelle managed par to maintain the clean card. Most of the scoring was accomplished in the form of aggressive approach play, with only three birdies coming on putts from outside six feet. Both of these Web.com Tour graduates entered the week ranked outside the top 150 in the FedExCup race, meaning a big finish this week would go a long way toward securing their status for next season. After a round of four-ball today, this team will now prep for a third round tee time where the format will return to alternate shot.
Apr 28 - 3:25 PM

Argentina's Julian Etulain and Ángel Cabrera teamed up to fire a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 during round two of the Zurich Classic, reaching halftime on 11-under 133.

After a ho-hum 2-under 70 in R1 (alternate shot), the Argentines picked up the pace today. They opened on the 10th tee and rattled off five birdies before the turn. Putting was the name of the game today as this duo splashed in six putts from outside 11 feet today, including a 32'6" birdie bomb from Cabrera at the par-5 11th. Next up for this team is a third-round tee time where they will shift back to the alternate shot format.
Apr 28 - 3:03 PM

Morgan Hoffmann and Camilo Villegas authored a bogey-free 10-under-par 31-31=62 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach halftime on 10-under 134, up 35 spots to T9 with play still in progress.

The pair mustered an even-par 72 on Day 1 in alternate shot, cancelling out four birdies with two bogey-4s and double bogey-7 on the 18th as they made the turn. They rebounded in the better-ball format on Friday, particularly Villegas, who accounted for six (of 10) birdies, three on each side. Hoffmann got them off to the start they needed, kicking in a 30-incher at the par-4 first after stiffing his approach from 103 yards away, and saved par at the sixth while Villegas put his tee ball in the drink. Hoffmann also circled holes 7, 10 and 18, each dropping from between six and 17 feet. Villegas birdied 2, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 15, each from between five and 20 feet with a long of 19'6" at the par-3 ninth.
Apr 28 - 2:54 PM

Patrick Reed and playing partner Patrick Cantlay blitzed TPC Louisiana with a bogey-free, 10-under-par 31-31=62 during the second round of the Zurich Classic, placing them one stroke shy of clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt & Cameron Smith.

Reed arrived this week with a career four-ball record of 4-1-0. There was no opposing team today, but the Texan remained strong in this format. As a team they circled 10 birdies today, with Reed contributing six of those, including a 19'6" splash at the par-4 fifth hole. Cantlay's most notable contribution came in the form of a 22'3" birdie bomb at the par-4 15th. Reed arrived with missed cuts in his last three starts, but birdies are flying off the shelf this week. This duo should thrive again on Sunday, but tomorrow will be a tough test as they head back to alternate shot for round three.
Apr 28 - 2:42 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, overnight co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Jordan Spieth tacked on another 6-under 66 (31-35) in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach 12-under 132, down two places to T3 and three shy of 36-hole clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, who shot 62.

The Texan's opening 66 in alternate shot shared the lead with Kyle Stanley and Ryan Ruffels and was one clear of four teams. In today's best-ball format, they circled seven on the card, suffering one drop at the par-4 16th, with Palmer birdieing the 10th and the 18th to go out in a measly 1-under. They parred holes 1-3, with Spieth missing birdie at the par-5 second from 4'4", but he got things rolling with a 24-footer for birdie-3 at four. Palmer joined back in with a 24-incher at the fifth after hitting his second to the par 4 from 108 yards away stiff, while Spieth was the culprit for and up-and-down birdie-4 at seven. Palmer ended the festivities on a high note with a walk-off 2 at the ninth from 19'11".
Apr 28 - 2:34 PM

Chris Stroud and Brian Stuard breezed through TPC Louisiana in round two of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, penciling a bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64, climbing to 12-under 132 at the midpoint.

This pairing didn't have much trouble on day one, and did even better on day two. Playing best ball today, Stuard circled four birdies while Stroud added three birdies and an eagle to the team's scorecard. The big bird came at the closing, par-5 18th after Stroud stuck his 244-yard approach to 12'8" and rolled it in. With six top 30s already on his Zurich resume, it's no surprise to see Stroud contending again this week as he's also paired with the defending champion. A big finish this week would help Stroud tremendously as he currently plays the 2016-17 season on conditional status.
Apr 28 - 2:09 PM

Alex Cejka and Soren Kjeldsen enjoyed a bogey-free 10-under-par 32-30=62 on Day 2 of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 12-under 132, currently T3 and three back of 36-hole clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

In yesterday's foursome action (alternate shot), the duo carved out a 2-under 70 (five birdies, two bogeys) to sit T19. They got things going in R2, circling 10 birdies, matching the low round of the day thus far with three other squads. Each squared one bogey on their side of the card, at the fifth and 11th, but as is the whole point of best-ball, the other had conventional, no-stress pars, so no drops occurred. Cejka, however, was responsible for eight of the 10 birdies, including six on the back side at TPC Louisiana, while Kjeldsen got the party started at the second and sixth.
Apr 28 - 2:08 PM

Playing best ball in round two of the Zurich Classic, Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney styled a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 to position themselves inside the top 10 on 12-under 132.

This team walked off the course with a bang on day one, holing out from off the green for eagle at the par-5 18th. They opened on the back nine today and got right back to work, circling four birdies before making the turn. That included another hole-out highlight at the par-5 18th this time Hoffman turned the trick from 34'1", only for birdie this time. Given this squad's reputation for ball-striking, it's no surprise to see five of their seven parbreakers came on putts from inside seven feet. The most noticale ball-striking highlight came at the par-4 15th when Hoffman stuck his 169-yard approach to just 3 inches for a tap-in bird. With nine career TOUR victories to their name, this team should stick around for the long haul this weekend.
Apr 28 - 1:50 PM

Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith maintained a clean card for the week by firing a bogey-free, 10-under-par 30-32=62 during round two of the Zurich Classic, staking their claim as the 36-hole clubhouse leaders on 15-under 129.

This duo opened the day just one stroke off the overnight co-leaders, firing a 5-under 67 while playing alternate shot. Today, the format moved to four-ball, and the pairing continued to shine. They started on the 10th tee and picked up four birdies before the turn, all coming on putts from 7-to-14 feet. After the turn, the fireworks started. Smith splashed home a 31'1" eagle putt on the par-5 second hole and five holes later Blixt would add a second eagle, this time from 27'2". It was a balanced effort as they each carded four of the team's eight total parbreakers. In addition to the scoring, Smith added a crucial 10'3" par saver at the third hole. That helped them maintain a clean card for the round, as well as the entire week. Having a 36-hole lead will be a new experience for the young Aussie who has been inside the top 10 just once after R2 in his PGA TOUR career. Blixt has one 36-hole co-lead (2012 Shriners), finishing solo third that week.
Apr 28 - 1:22 PM



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