Shortly after the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended due to inclement weather at 4:30 p.m. CT, play was called for the day. UPDATE: Play is scheduled to resume at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.
They were able to play nine-and-a-half hours today before this delay. The entire late-early draw has 36 holes in the books, but all in the other half were stranded when the horn sounded. That group includes Nicholas Thompson, who went out in the first threesome off the first tee at noon. He's bogey-free 4-under-par on the day and 4-under for the tournament, but just inside the cut line at T67. When play resumes, Nitro will be standing over a look at birdie from 42'3" on the green at the par-5 18th hole.
Bernd Wiesberger reached the midpoint of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in bogey-free, 7-under-par 69-68=137 and sits four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
In the field on a foreign exemption, the Austrian has capitalized. He's split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation both rounds. After finding three birdies on Thursday, he rolled in four today, including respective conversions from 33'8" and 11'6" at the 17th and ninth holes. His appearance at TPC Louisiana could have been defined only as a tune-up for next week's Match Play and THE PLAYERS the week following, but he's making the most of it. His best finish in 12 previous starts on the PGA TOUR is a T15 at the 2014 PGA Championship.
D.H. Lee is 7-under-par 70-67=137 at the break of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, four swings off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
With only three starts on his Minor Medical Extension, the pressure is on to perform at a high level on every shot. He set the bar high in the opening round at TPC Louisiana with a hole-out for eagle from 130 yards at the par-4 eighth hole. It was his first round on the PGA TOUR this season. Today's lap was more standard. It featured seven birdies against a double bogey at the par-4 fourth. Lee's most impressive birdie today was a zero-putt seven-yarder at the par-3 ninth. His longest conventional conversion dropped in from 19-and-a-half feet at the par-4 10th. At last check, he sported a negative strokes gained: tee-to-green clip (-0.885), but ranked 13th in the field in strokes gained: putting with an aggregate 4.411. If he earns $573,703 or 344.15 FedExCup points on his medical, he'll be promoted to the Major Medical category for the remainder of the season.
At 7-under-par 69-68=137, Mark Wilson is four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Wilson is grinding. He cashed in half of his first 14 starts this season and sits 107th in the FedExCup standings. If he continues to putt like he has at TPC Louisiana, he'll be able to coast to the Playoffs. He's 7-for-9 in scrambling with two bogeys thus far and has circled nine birdies. Today's set featured conversions from 30'10" and 35'11" at Nos. 6 and 10, respectively. Wilson also poured in a par save from 25'2" at the par-4 fourth. At last check, he ranked 10th in the field in strokes gained: putting with an aggregate clip of 4.549.
Ryo Ishikawa turned in a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and posted 7-under 137, four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
While he's been quiet all season, today's score is even more impressive considering he sat birdie-free 3-over after five holes. However, Ishikawa rallied for eight birdies, including four in a row beginning at the par-4 sixth where he holed out from off the green 11 yards away. His conversion at the par-5 seventh stretched 20 feet. The Bashful Prince found four more birdies coming home, including runs of 39'2" and 28'2" at Nos. 12 and 15, respectively. Ishikawa arrived in New Orleans sitting 140th in the FedExCup standings.
Scott Gardiner reached the halfway point of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 10-over-par 80-74=154 and will miss the cut.
This was just his second start of the season (MC, Pebble Beach). Gardiner split 20 (of 28) fairways, which isn't hard at TPC Louisiana, but landed only 19 greens in regulation. He erased four birdies (two in each round) with eight bogeys and three doubles. The Aussie now has just one start on his Minor Medical Extension to bank $503,075 or 313.147 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category. He's also 197.907 FedExCup points shy of securing conditional status as a secondary goal.
Greg Owen followed his opening 66 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in today's second round.
He hit 15 greens in regulation but went just 1-for-3 in scrambling with a bogey-5 at the sixth hole and a walk-off double at the par-3 ninth where he found water off the tee. The rest of his round was great. Owen rolled in five birdies, including a try from 14'3" at the par-3 third. At 8-under 136, the Englishman is just three shots adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Cameron Tringale enjoyed a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-34=65 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Tringale loves himself some TPC Louisiana. He cashed in four of five previous trips, three of which for top 20s. Today's score matches his personal low in 20 competitive rounds on the track. He hit 16 greens in regulation and complemented a 24-yard hole-out for eagle from the rough at the par-5 second hole with five birdies. Two of the single-digit par breakers ranged 13-15 feet. Thus far this week, the 27-year-old has missed only three (of 28) fairways and five GIR. At 10-under 134, he's just one stroke back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.