Overnight leader Andrew Landry tacked on a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in his second round of the Web.com Tour's Nova Scotia Open to establish the 36-hole lead at 11-under 131.
There were 12 scores of 66 or lower at Ashburn Golf Club's New Course today, but Landry held on for a one-stroke margin over D.H. Lee at the midpoint. Jamie Lovemark is alone in third place two swings in arrears of the leader. Landry landed 16 greens in regulation on Friday and buried five birdies. He was bogey-free 5-under until squaring a 6 at the par-5 17th hole. To give you some indication as to the ease of finding targets at Ashburn, Landry has hit 30 GIR but ranks T16 in the stat. Needless to say, he'll need to stay aggressive in pursuit of his second title this season.
Webb Simpson will get an early start on his preparation for The Open Championship after missing the cut at The Greenbrier Classic.
After missing the cut in the inaugural Greenbrier in 2010, Simpson connected four paydays, three of which for a top 10. That string ended today with a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in his second round. At 3-over 143, he fell five shots outside the bubble to play on. He'll take next week off. Other notables who failed to survive today's cut include: 139--2013 champ Jonas Blixt; Daniel Berger; Marc Leishman; Steve Stricker ... 140--Bill Haas; Nick Watney; Charles Howell III; Colt Knost; Nick Taylor ... 141--Cameron Tringale; Rory Sabbatini; Scott Pinckney ... 145--Fabian Gomez ... 148--Daniel Summerhays.
Mark Anderson submitted respective rounds of 70 and 71 at The Greenbrier Classic and missed the cut by three strokes.
He hit only 17 greens in regulation at The Old White TPC this week, so he did well to limit the hemorrhaging to six bogeys, but the 30-year-old managed only five birdies. It's his third missed cut in six starts this season. More importantly, he'll head to the John Deere Classic with only one start remaining on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $460,532 or 314.652 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category. Short of that, Anderson would secure conditional status for the remainder of the season if he collects 199.412 FedExCup points. If he fails at that secondary objective, he'll lose his status on the PGA TOUR.
Jonathan Byrd followed his opening 63 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in today's second round.
This was a bit sloppy after Byrd enjoyed a career-tying-low on Thursday. He piped only eight (of 14) fairways and hit just 12 greens in regulation on a gettable Old White TPC today. He'd squared three bogeys, including a 15-footer at the par-4 fifth, and three of his four birdies found the cup from outside 11 feet. At 8-under 132, the 37-year-old is just one shot off the pace of the 36-hole co-leaders.
Overnight leader Scott Langley hung on for a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 9-under 131 at the halfway point, good for a share of the 36-hole lead with Jhonattan Vegas.
The lefty went 2-for-3 in scrambling with a bogey but added a three-putt bogey from outside 54 feet at the par-3 15th hole. Elsewhere, he picked off three birdies, including runs of 30'3" at the par-5 17th and 24 feet at the par-4 sixth. He missed only two looks inside 11 feet, but those are magnified given the competition. Consider that there are 15 golfers inside the top 10 on the leaderboard and within two swings of the lead. Langley ranks T2 with 32 greens in regulation and T5 in birdies, but he knows that he'll have to keep the pedal floored if he's going to collect his first hardware on the PGA TOUR.
Sean O'Hair chased his opening 66 at The Greenbrier Classic with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in today's second round to post 7-under 133.
That's just two swings adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead on what is a bunched leaderboard. Even one bad hole could end anyone's chances at the title this weekend. O'Hair has been money tee-to-green. He's split 23 (of 28) fairways and landed 29 greens in regulation. Today's totals of 12 and 15, respectively, yielded four birdies against one bogey. His longest conversion disappeared for birdie from 31-and-a-half feet at the par-3 15th hole. This ends an 0-for-3 slide that started at Colonial.
Ted Potter, Jr. has yet to tee it up in PGA TOUR-sanctioned competition since he broke his ankle in Canada in late July of 2014.
It's been a while since we dropped in on the lefty who has a Major Medical Extension affording two starts to bank $326,004 or 126.917 FedExCup points and retain status. Last we knew, he was hoping to return to competition at some point early this year. However, now that we're in the back half of the calendar, all bets are off as to when he may play again. At this point, if he's healthy enough, the assumption is that he'll begin shedding rust later in the summer to prep for the Web.com Tour Finals.
David Hearn spun a 6-under-par 30-34=64 in today's second round of The Greenbrier Classic, reaching the halfway point in 8-under 132, one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
The Canuck was feelin' it today. He hit 15 greens in regulation and poured in seven birdies, six of which on his first eight holes. He opened with three consecutive birdies ranging 10-16 feet on the back side of The Old White TPC. His remaining trio on his outward nine ranged 12-17 feet. Alas, he squared a bogey at the par-3 eighth to taint the card, but Hearn led the field in strokes gained: putting at last check with an aggregate measurement of 6.711. He'll enter the weekend in his latest pursuit of victory No. 1 on the PGA TOUR in what is his 164th start.