First-round co-leader Brian Stuard tacked on a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the midpoint on 12-under 132, good for sole possession of the 36-hole lead.
Second-round play is still in progress but it's doubtful anyone will catch Stuard, who's leading by one over Jamie Lovemark and 18-hole co-leader Jhonattan Vegas, who were both in the house on Friday. The 513th-ranked player in the world was 2-under thru 12 holes, 10-under total, when play was suspended due to darkness yesterday. He returned on Saturday to play his final six holes in 2-under circling back-to-backs on holes 7 and 8 from 14'4" and 10'5", respectively, and remains bogey-free thru 36 holes. In total, the 33-year-old circled four on the card -- penciling birdies on 1 and 2 on Friday -- on 12 greens in regulation, and at last glance, is pacing the field in strokes gained: putting at 7.842, including 1.454 in R2.
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 10:40:00 AM