Harold Varner III spun a 6-under-par 34-30=64 in the second round of the Panama Claro Championship to take a one-stroke lead at 9-under 131.
He began his day on the back nine at Panama Golf Club, outpacing his lone bogey of the round with a pair of birdies. HV3 caught fire on the back, bagging five birdies to go with four pars. This is his second full season on the Web.com Tour, and he is considered by many to be a young talent with the potential to make an impact on the PGA TOUR. Stay tuned to see if he can close out his first Web.com Tour victory.
Graham DeLaet held on for a 1-over-par 35-35=70 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and improves to 5-under 137 for the tournament.
The conditions went from bad to worse at TPC Scottsdale on Friday, with the morning wave looking like they had the best of the weather. DeLaet was in the first group off the 10th tee in the second wave, and he opened with a 29'8" bomb for birdie on the 10th hole. He then traded two birdies for two bogeys for the remainder of the back nine, and then watched his 13'10" birdie on the par-3 fourth and a closing birdie on the ninth hole erased by a pair of bogeys.
Brendan Steele went low to the tune of a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, improving to 4-under 138 for the tournament.
It was a wet and cold day at TPC Scottsdale, so his 4-under tied the low round of the morning wave. He circled six birdies, with a 21'4" effort on the par-4 ninth hole to end his round standing as the highlight. Steele has cracked the top 10 on his last three trips to this event, so this was a welcomed round for many gamers.
Justin Thomas posted a 3-under-par 32-36-68 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and is one off the clubhouse lead of Daniel Berger at 7-under 135.
As it currently stands, the top two players at TPC Scottsdale are both 21 years old. Thomas began his second lap of the tournament on the back nine, moments after ending his first nine with a birdie on the par-4 18th. He kept the momentum going with three birdies on his first eight holes, all from inside of nine feet. His back nine featured eight pars and a lone bogey. He holed a 14'1" par save on the par-4 ninth to make dinner taste a little better. Thomas has slept on the lead at some point in each of his last two tournaments, so that he is in contention is not a surprise.
Daniel Berger crafted a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and sits alone atop the leaderboard at 8-under 134 at the end of the morning wave.
It was all pars for Berger on the front nine at TPC Scottsdale, and things began to look bleak when he squared a bogey on the par-4 10th. He bounced back with a birdie on the par-4 11th hole, and then added two more to end his day at the par-4 17th and par-4 18th holes. The 21-year-old rookie is in the hunt for his first PGA TOUR victory. He's gained over seven strokes in the strokes gained: tee-to-green metric, so ball-striking has clearly been the key to his week.
Ryan Palmer could only muster a 1-over-par 34-38=71 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to join Bubba Waston in the clubhouse lead at 6-under 136.
Palmer picked up three birdies, including a 12'1" effort on the par-3 fourth hole, but his two bogeys and a double bogey on the par-5 15th proved too much to overcome. With TPC Scottsdale showing her teeth with a little help from mother nature, it's likely that his round won't do too much to hurt his chances at an eventual win.
K.J. Choi submitted a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and reaches the 36-hole mark at 5-under 137.
Choi started his day at TPC Scottsdale on the back nine, and alternated a birdie and a bogey to go with seven pars. He tacked on three more birdies on the front, all from inside of 10 feet, to go with just one bogey. On a day where rain a chilly temperatures made the course play more difficult that usual, he has positioned himself nicely for a weekend run.
Geoff Ogilvy carded a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and is one-stroke off the clubhouse lead at 5-under 137.
The Aussie battled all day at TPC Scottsdale, logging five birdies and three bogeys to go with 10 pars. His 20'5" birdie from just off the green on the par-3 fourth was nice, but not as special as the 52'6" birdie bomb he stroked in with the flat stick on the par-3 seventh. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that he lost almost a stroke with the putter.